Esther Lewkowicz

"Stay Jewish."

Name at birth
Esther Belefeldt
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Piotrkow, Poland
Name of father, occupation
Yakov Belefeldt, Lumber business
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Rochel Muskowitz, Homemaker
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Parents and eleven children
Who survived the Holocaust?
Two children: Zachariah and me
Our heads were already shaven and we were in line to go to the gas chamber.  We could see the smoke from the smokestack of the crematorium so we knew we were going to die.  The Germans for some reason needed 500 women to be laborers.  They took me out of the line with the others.  I made it to live another day.
Name of Ghetto(s)
Name of Concentration / Labor Camp(s)
Occupation after the war
Bendet, Painter
Jack and Morry
What do you think helped you to survive?
I hoped to see my family.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
Stay Jewish.
Charles Silow
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