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Marko Feingold, the man with sunglasses in my picture, (born 28 May 1913 in Besztercebánya/Neusohl, Austria-Hungary, today Banská Bystrica, Slovakia) is the president of the Jewish community in Salzburg, Austria and is in charge of Salzburg’s synagogue.

Marco Feingold grew up in Leopoldstadt, Vienna. After he had trained in business, he found work in Vienna, became unemployed and travelled with his brother, Ernst, in Italy. In 1938, he was arrested in Vienna during a short visit. At first he escaped, to Prague, was expelled to Poland and turned back to Prague with false papers. In 1939, he was arrested again and deported to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. He was also imprisoned in the concentration camps at Neuengamme and Dachau and finally the concentration camp Buchenwald in 1941, where he stayed until his liberation in 1945.

He moved to Salzburg by chance, where he now lives. Between 1945 and 1948, he helped Jewish survivors who were living in displaced person camps in Salzburg and organised, with the Jewish refugee organisation Bricha, the emigration of Jews from middle and eastern Europe to Palestine. In 1948 he acquired a fashion store.

Between 1946 and 1947, Feingold was briefly the president of the Jewish community in Salzburg. Just after his retirement in 1977, he was at first vice president and then, in 1979, president of the Jewish community once again. Since his retirement, he has given many lectures about his time in concentration camps, the holocaust and Judaism.