My father died of starvation in the Lodz Ghetto. My sisters Bela and Malka, and their families were killed including my little niece, Mirka (Miriam Goldman). My older sister Bela, her husband, and Mirka were in the Lodz Ghetto. My younger sister, Malka, fled to Russia, She sent us letters to the Lodz Ghetto but after a while, the letters stopped coming. She told us that she was pregnant. She was in Mariupol, we heard that the Germans invaded there.
My mother and I were sent to Auschwitz from the Lodz Ghetto. We were separated during the Selection. At the Selection, my mother, Reizel, was sent to the gas chamber; I survived as a slave laborer. My mother was 55 years old; I was 24. I was sent to Popenpitel (Neuengamme camp system) where I cleared the rubble in Hamburg. It was freezing cold. Later, I was taken to Bergen-Belsen which was terrible there.
At Bergen-Belsen, I was very sick with typhus and was dying. I could not make it to the roll call; my friends dragged me out of the barracks where I collapsed. Fortunately, that was the day the British liberated Bergen-Belsen. After being hospitalized, the Red Cross sent me to Sweden to recuperate. I was the only one in my entire family who survived.