A 30-year-old woman named Angela Murray was arrested Saturday evening in connection with the death of Felix Brinkmann, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor who lived on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. According to CNN, Angela Murray was arraigned Sunday and charged with one count of murder in the second degree and three counts of robbery. Police are still looking for a man believed to be her accomplice in the choking death of Felix Brinkmann, ransacking his apartment, and stealing his car on Thursday night.
But Angela Murray’s story is that of an alleged opportunist, thief, and murderer.
The story of Felix Brinkmann is a long one, full of trials and triumphs, and one far more worthy of telling. Originally from Latvia, Guido Felix Brinkmann spent time in the World War II Nazi concentration camps of Mauthausen, Ebensee and Auschwitz. Scheduled to die in the gas chamber five separate times, Felix Brinkman was fluent in German, using his verbal prowess to talk his way out of a death sentence.
When the war ended, according to his son, Rick, who attempted to illustrate the kind of man his father was on his blog, Felix Brinkmann was crossing a bridge in Germany when he was stopped by a Russian guard. Speaking Russian, Brinkmann explained that his entire family had been killed in the concentration camps. Another man attempted to cross the bridge and was found to have been an SS soldier, one of Hitler’s elite. The Russian guard handed his machine gun to Brinkmann and told him to kill the man, but Brinkmann refused, handing the gun back. The Russian killed the German soldier.
After the war, he was shocked to find that his wife had also survived the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. According to Rick Brinkman (he dropped the extra ‘n’ that his father used), the Holocaust survivor amazingly found his wife alive in Poland. Reunited, they immigrated to America. Felix Brinkmann would then begin years of service in the New York bar and nightclub business. At one time he co-owned the popular Adam’s Apple disco, where, according to the New York Post, he was pistol-whipped by three men after closing when they attempted to rob him. The thieves got nothing.
Rick Brinkman said that his father told him the last time he visited him: “I feel I had a fortunate life. Even going through the three concentration camps, I somehow was able to make the best out of the worst. I never would have thought growing up as a boy in Riga, Latvia that I would end up in the greatest city (NYC), in the greatest country in the world (USA).”
The Post reported that their sources say Angela Murray is believed to be a sex worker and had visited Felix Brinkman’s apartment on Wednesday night. Police have not confirmed Murray’s occupation.
The building’s superintendent found Felix Brinkmann after he grew worried about him and called Rick Brinkman to get his permission to enter the apartment.
As noted, Felix Brinkmann led a long and eventful life. And it could have all ended for him during the Holocaust at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the German concentration camps. At the Nuremburg Trials, Rudolf Hess testified that 3 million Jews had died there, but this was thought to be an exaggeration. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum lists 1.1 million killed there, 90% of whom were Jewish, many in gas chambers.
In total, it is estimated that over 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust.