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An excerpt from a 1943 letter from Sonia Huberman,* Holocaust Survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, to her husband, who was in the U.S. when she and her children were sent to the camps. * May her memory be a blessing.
“When we came to the camp, they cut our hair, gave us torn clothes. The children looked terrible. In the camp, it was terrible. We worked very hard. They gave us no food. The children slept on the floor without any blankets. At night, it was very cold. Death would have been better than life. Lucia got sick with a cold. I had no food for her except soup made from wild turnip and a piece of black bread. I decided to go to work in the field where Polish civilian men worked. I brought food every day from work, although it was very dangerous. Two weeks passed, until one day I came back from work and didn’t find my children.
They took away all the mothers and their children. A thousand people at one time they took to the crematorium. You can’t imagine what I went through, then. I wanted to die. I asked the commandant to also send me where my children were. He pointed to the smoke rising from the crematoria, hit me, and said: ‘You’ll join them soon; but, you are still young and healthy and can still work.’ And here started my hell. I remained without my children and only thought about death.”
So that something like this never again happens.
To anyone. Anywhere.
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