Bertha Beitner

"There is always hope for the future. Educate your children."

Name at birth
Bertha Meryn
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Beuthen, Germany
Name of father, occupation
Yitzchak, Merchant
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Leah Shajer, Homemaker
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Parents, three brothers, Moritz, Joseph, Max, and me
Who survived the Holocaust?
My brother Joseph and me
We stayed in the DP camp for quite a while.  My husband worked for UNRRA and later in Munich he worked for the Joint Distribution Committee.  In 1949 we came to Detroit where my husband had an uncle, Abram Beitner. 

We met Emma and Moshe Schaver in Germany in the DP camp who knew my husband’s uncle in Detroit.  Mr. Schaver owned Central Overall Supply and helped get my husband.  He moved up to plant manager.  My husband learned English in Europe after the war while working for UNRAA and the Joint.
Name of Ghetto(s)
Name of Concentration / Labor Camp(s)
Occupation after the war
Seamstress for Central Overall until my children were born
Jacob Beitner, Slant manager, Central Overall
Linda Dagan and Norman Beitner
Seven: Ronit, Eitan, Oren, Aaron, David, Jonathan, and Jennie
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
There is always hope for the future. Educate your children.

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