Lili Lewkowicz

"Never again and never forget. You can't let it happen again."

Name at birth
Dobrish Leah Lefkovitz
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Uzhgorod, Czechoslovakia
Name of father, occupation
Chaim, Candymaker
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Pearl Mermelstein, Homemaker
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Ten: parents and eight children: Dovid, Fishel, Yehuda, Clara, Rachel, me, Freda, and Moishe
Who survived the Holocaust?
Clara, Freda, Rachel and I
In April, 1944, I was taken to Auschwitz.  Selection took place and I never saw my parents and younger brother Yehuda again.  I found my sister Clara after three weeks at Auschwitz.  We went to Gelsenkirchen and Sömmerda munitions factories.
Name of Ghetto(s)
Name of Concentration / Labor Camp(s)
What DP Camp were you after the war?
Yes, in Germany. I met my husband there
How is it that you came to Michigan?
The JDC sent us to Detroit. My husband did not want to go from Israel; he did not want another war.
Occupation after the war
Homemaker, Seamstress, Manicurist
Leon, Dodge Main-Assembler and plumber
Phyllis, designer; Maurice, sales
What do you think helped you to survive?
The will to survive.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
Never again and never forget. You can't let it happen again.
Charles Silow
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