Helen Kosuch

"It should never happen again. Fight back."

Name at birth
Layah Lewkowicz
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Lututow/Zdunska Wola, Poland.
Name of father, occupation
Peretz, Shoemaker.
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Sara Klein, Homemaker.
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Parents and ten children: Hersh Moishe, Chaim Itzik, Meyer, Anshel (died in infancy), Bajla, Rose, Brenda, Bendet, Helen, and Eva.
How many in entire extended family?
About 20 cousins.
Who survived the Holocaust?
Bendet (Lewkowitz), Bajla (Bienenstock), Brenda (Marczak) Rose (Bernbaum), Eva (Wimmer), and myself. I was together with my sisters throughout.
We met Esther Belefeldt while we were in the Lodz Ghetto. After the war in Sweden, she learned that she had lost everyone in her family.  My sisters, my brother Bendet, and I had also lost everyone. Brenda told Esther, “You will be our sixth sister.”  Esther later married our brother Bendet.
Name of Ghetto(s)
Name of Concentration / Labor Camp(s)
Occupation after the war
What do you think helped you to survive?
It was a miracle.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
It should never happen again. Fight back.

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