Vera Sharav was only 3 years old when her world collapsed.
She and her family were chased out of Romania and herded into a concentration camp in Ukraine during World War II, where they were left to wait, and starve.
“The cloud of death was always there,” Sharav told The Epoch Times.
Weekly, a list determined who would be sent where; whether it be a death or slave labor camp, she said.
While at the camp, she said her father died of typhus when she was 5, which had been widespread throughout the camps because of the cold and malnutrition.
After three years at the camp, she was rescued in 1944, she said.
“My mother got wind that a few orphans would be transported out of the camp, so she lied and said I was an orphan to save my life, and that’s how I wound up leaving,” Sharav said.
This began what she called her odyssey as a child without parents, left to her own intuition and keen critical assessment of others’ intentions.
“I had to assess who I could trust to take care of me,” she said.
While on a train to the Port of Constanta, Romania, where there were three boats awaiting to take groups of people to Palestine, she befriended a family. However, upon arrival, she found herself assigned a boat with other orphan children that would separate her from the family with whom she felt she could trust. So she rebelled.
“No matter what, I could not be convinced to get on that boat,” she said. “Miraculously, in the end, they gave in to me.”
Seasick, she fell asleep that night, only to wake up to find that the boat with the orphans had been torpedoed by who she said she found out decades later to have been the Russians.
Though she carried guilt for having survived, she was grateful she resisted because that resistance kept her alive, she said.
“I do not obey authority, and it saved my life.”
These memories returned in 2020 during the web of COVID-19 restrictions that spun out of control with the help of media propaganda, she said.
“So now, when people are obeying authority mindlessly, giving up their rights to make decisions about their own lives and what goes into their own bodies, I think back to that time,” she said.
Today, Sharav is a medical activist and founder of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, a network of lay people and professionals who work to uphold humanitarian values and ethical standards established in the Hippocratic Oath, the Nuremberg Code, and the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.