Bernard Pergricht was born on April 12, 1913 in Sosnowiec, Poland. He had five brothers and three sisters. Bernard worked at a lumber company until 1939. In 1941, his parents and young wife were deported and killed in Auschwitz. Bernard was sent to Blechhammer labor camp. January 1945 he was sent on a death march to Gross Rosen then liberated by the American Army on a second death march in April 1945. Bernard came to the United States in 1952, and he and his two surviving brothers opened a liquor store. Bernard married survivor Arlene Shugart in 1959, and in 1978 they moved to El Paso. Bernard died in 2001.