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From Auschwitz to Oklahoma – Podcast

Hear one of Oklahoma’s most unbelievable stories on our new OKLAHOMA GOLD! podcast. It’s the saga of Leon Zelby—mischievous Jewish schoolboy in Poland, Auschwitz death camp survivor, daring escapee from a Nazi prisoner train, American soldier, professor emeritus of engineering at OU, husband for 2/3 of a century to a beautiful girl from Israel who became one of the greatest realtors in Oklahoma history.


Join John and KTOK/iHeartRadio star Gwin Faulconer-Lippert for a thrilling and poignant story of redemption and second chances. It’s another original episode of our weekly OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Go HERE to listen to them all! Future episodes explore more great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History.


LEON ZELBY AND AUSCHWITZ TATTOO

Dr. Leon Zelby displays the arm where his Nazi captors tattooed him at the Auschwitz-Birkenbau concentration camp three-quarters of a century before.

 
AUSCHWITZ PRISONERS

Young prisoners at the Nazis’ World War II Auschwitz-Birkenbau concentration camp.

 
SERGEANT LEON ZELBY

Master Sergeant Leon Zelby, United States Army, after declining an invitation to Officer Candidate School.

 
LEON ZELBY IN HAT

Leon Zelby sports the hat he wore during his vigorous days as an Oklahoma horseman.

 
RACHEL ZELBY AND JOHN

John with Rachel Zelby, hall of fame Century 21 Goodyear Green realtor in Norman and wife for 2/3 of a century of Dr. Leon Zelby.

 

Many thanks to Atwoods Ranch and Home, a farm and ranch supply company based in Enid, Oklahoma, for their support of the Red River Institute of History and OKLAHOMA GOLD! Please support them as you are able! Wherever you are, you can order online from thousands of quality products on their terrific website HERE. Atwoods also has 66 stores in 5 states: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. In addition to farm and ranch supplies, Atwoods stores sell clothing, lawn and garden items, tools, hardware, automotive supplies, sporting goods, pet supplies, firearms, and seasonal items.



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