Henry Oster

As a young German boy Henry Oster survived deprivation

in the Lodz Ghetto, a life-or-death selection in

the Birkenau extermination camp, a  firing squad

in Auschwitz, being strafed by an Allied  fighter,

and starvation in Buchenwald. Henry rebuilt his

life in America, arriving at 18 with no family, no

English, no money and no education. Of 2,011 Jews

uprooted from Cologne, Germany in 1941, he is

the only survivor. He was still working as

a world-respected Professor of Optometry on his

89th birthday, helping the world to see.


Dexter Ford


Dexter Ford is a Contributing Editor to The New

York Times. He writes about history, aviation,

adventure travel, motorcycles, the auto industry, transportation, architecture and sustainable energy. He has flown upside-down with the Blue Angels, ridden motorcycles through Russia, across China, over the Alps and the Andes, and dived at night, alone, with car-sized manta rays.


The most inspiring story he has ever heard—

and ever told—is that of his friend Henry Oster.