Ed Mosberg is 92 and Survived 2 Concentration Camps, But Now He’s Happier Than Most People
Ed Mosberg was born in 1926 in Krakow, Poland. During the Second World War, he was imprisoned in the Plaszow and Mauthausen concentration camps and managed to survive. Ed lost all his family during the Holocaust. After getting back his freedom, he moved to the USA and now lives there. Ed has a wife, Cecile, whom he loves a lot.
Bright Side decided to find out how this 92-year-old man manages to stay healthy, active, and happy despite all the difficulties of life.
At 92, Ed Mosberg exercises every day by doing 100 push-ups, sit-ups, and hydraulic steps for 10 minutes on a treadmill. Moreover, he spends a lot of time in the fresh air.
“I need to be fit for my wife. Whenever she needs me, I am there for her. This is my primary thing. I got up at 5 o’clock this morning, and I was on a treadmill.“
The British producer Llion Roberts, who directed a film about the Holocaust, said of Ed, ”He will always be ahead of us, and you will need to catch him up. Everyone had to give him the way at the shooting because he was walking very fast."
2. Be together with your loved ones.
"I still occasionally see nightmares. My wife, Cecile, sees them regularly. Sometimes she cries while sleeping and calls for her sisters. Only our love helps to fill this emptiness and bitterness of loss. I keep telling her that we have one life and we are here together," says Ed Mosberg.
His wife is in a wheelchair, but that doesn’t bother her much because Ed helps Cecile with everything.
3. Don’t overeat.
"Don’t overeat — it’s the worst thing. People overeat. They simply say, ’I want to eat,’ and run to fulfill their wish instantly, not having figured out if they are really hungry or are simply bored. One can control even the real hunger.
Today in the morning, I had a glass of water, a cup of coffee with sugar, and a half of a little yogurt box. Coffee gives me a lot of energy to skip lunch and have only dinner. Sometimes I do so."
Ed asked not to tell his daughter about the way he eats. She will scold him, he said.
4. Be responsible for close people.
There were times when Ed Mosberg overcame 189 steps on boulders in the Mauthausen camp. If one boulder rolled down, everybody who was following died.
"Once we went back to the camp with my family, and I was carrying in my arms my daughter Caroline along the stairs of Mauthausen. My wife was worried. But I told her not to worry about these boulders. The main thing is that I can carry my daughter." Responsibility makes a person strong.
5. Train your memory, and go with the times.
Never stop learning new things. Train your memory. Books and board games calm people down and make the brain stay toned.
Ed Mosberg acted in the Holocaust movie of the British director Claire Ferguson in 2004. He gives public speeches to university students and at different conferences. He uses an iPhone and solves a lot of tasks. There are still many things to do in the world surrounding him.
6. Have goals and interests in life.
A person stops living when he doesn’t have any goals. That’s why it’s important to have a favorite hobby, whether that is drawing, poetry, or even reading lectures.
Ed Mosberg dedicated himself to telling people what a Holocaust is. "I do it not for pleasure. It hurts. But I must do it while I am alive because I see the resurgent Nazism and anti-Semitism in the world.
I have already decided that I will throw a party on my 100th Jubilee, and I have even chosen the date."
7. Keep calm, and don’t worry about nonsense.
You should not waste yourself on anger or offenses, and don’t show either to your beloved ones.
Despite all the hardships of life and loss of family, Ed Mosberg forgives modern Germany completely because he understands that 99% of those people who made the Holocaust are not alive now.
Indirectly, the use of the mental equilibrium for health is confirmed by the studies of the London School of Economics in the field of religion. The researchers admit that the main thing is not religiosity but mental health. In other words, don’t waste your nerves on nonsense, and don’t blame yourself for something that you cannot change.
Are there centenarians in your family? Tell us in the comments who these people are and what they do to keep their health.