Larry Wayne


Name at birth
Lazar Weintraub
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Lodz, Poland
Name of father, occupation
Arie Melech Weintraub, Bakery owner
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Bluma Krausshorn, Bakery salesperson
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Parents, me, Jack, Ruth and Isaac
How many in entire extended family?
Who survived the Holocaust?
Aside from myself, my brother Jack and my sister Ruth
My father died before the war started. My mother age 42, myself age 18, my brother Jack age 16, Isaac 11, and my sister Ruth who was 13 were rounded up in the Lodz Ghetto and sent out for some shipment in a freight car. 
After two days of traveling we came to Birkenau. The families were separated for what horrors G-d alone knew. Immediately we heard cries and moans, but we also knew that nothing would help. They came to our part of the line, before we were separated, my mother gave me her last order. I was under no circumstance to leave my brother. She gave me the responsibility of watching over him in so far as was possible. She took the youngest boy and my sister with her and went to her place, which was designated by an SS man. 
In the distance, we saw that mother and my youngest brother, Isaac, were placed to the left, and we knew that it meant their death. My sister was put in the group to the right. That meant that it was to be a lingering death in the work parties. My brother and I were to be put to work also.                   
On April 11, 1945 I was hiding  in a sewer when I was liberated.
Name of Ghetto(s)
Name of Concentration / Labor Camp(s)
Where did you go after being liberated?
Germany, Bad Nauheim
When did you come to the United States?
July, 1946
Where did you settle?
Detroit, Michigan
How is it that you came to Michigan?
I knew some people living in Detroit
When and where were you married?
Married in Detroit on March 26, 1950 at the Book Cadillac Hotel
Marilyn Kaufman Wayne
Marshall Wayne, computer programmer Michael Wayne, physician Mitchell Wayne, podiatrist Brenda Wayne, medical billing business
Nine: Seth, Brandon, Blake, Taylor, Morgan, Carly, Spencer, Jake Wayne, and Jeffrey Berris
What do you think helped you to survive?
The will to live and tell about it.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
Charles Silow
Interview date:
To learn more about this survivor, please visit:
The Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, University of Michigan

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