Ethel Apel

"Never give up hope. Appreciate everything you have."

Name at birth
Ethel Ajzenkranz
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Hrubieszow, Poland
Name of father, occupation
Matisyahu, Storekeeper
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Devorah Finkelstein, Homemaker
Immediate family (names, birth order)
My parents, three sisters and myself
How many in entire extended family?
72 - Parents, three sisters, brothers-in-law and children, aunts, uncle, cousins
Who survived the Holocaust?
Only I survived
Where were you in hiding?
I hid in a cellar for one year in Poland. I also wandered around from town to town for five years.
When and where were you married?
I met my husband in Poland; we were both from same town and got married.
Samuel Apel, Businessman
Dora, PhD in Art History, teaches at Wayne State University; Matis, Businessman
What do you think helped you to survive?
The desire to live. I hoped to find some family alive.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
Never give up hope. Appreciate everything you have.
Charles Silow
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