If you want to see someone who's tougher than nails, then look no further than Hanka Fogelman. She's 92-years-old Holocaust survivor and she survived again! This time it was a brutal beating after she called for a cab powered by a transit service that picks up people with physical and mental disabilities; a service provided by the city of Montreal. She was on the way to visit her daughter and she had no idea it would turn into a horror story.
She was just sitting there minding her own business and the driver warned her about a man in the back seat who could become "aggressive" and sure enough, he did. He attacked the 92-year-old Holocaust survivor for no reason, according to the New York Post and CBC.
“He started hitting me. Punching me,” Fogelman said. “The blood started coming out from my nose. I didn’t know what to do.”
The man who attacked her did it out of nowhere, for no reason. It was reported that the attacker was just sitting there doing a crossword puzzle when the police arrived, and it seemed like he wasn't aware of what just happened. A Montreal police spokesperson stated to the CBC that the attacker won't be charged with a crime because he has an intellectual disability.
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Fogelman's daughter was not happy. She said “I feel angry. I feel shocked... I look at my mother and she’s so mentally aware, but there’s physical vulnerability there. Why was he even in the taxi? Why would the taxi driver have sat my mother next to him and closed the door and started driving" according to the CBC report.
As if Fogleman needed any more traumatic incidents in her life. The New York Post provided the following info, stating a few other traumatizing events this woman has lived through.
The incident is far from Fogelman’s first brush with trauma. A Jewish woman born in Poland, Fogelman was 13 years old when her hometown went under German occupation in the late 1930s. She was sent to live in a ghetto and her father and twin sister were executed.
Fogelman did forced labor at a German factory sewing uniforms for soldiers, then was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and later Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She was liberated on her 19th birthday in April 1945, then emigrated to Canada after briefly living in Sweden.
Coincidentally, Fogelman’s husband, Léon Besnos, was also a victim of a violent assault by a stranger in 1986. In that incident, Besnos drove his car through a puddle and splashed a couple in their late 30s. The man opened Besnos’ car door and began to beat him, and while trying to escape, he crashed into two other vehicles and suffered a heart attack. He died shortly after arriving at a hospital.
She will recover physically, but will need some extra strength to deal with the mentality of everything, especially considering what she's already been through.
She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and she's carrying it well into her 90's.