With the remarkable (and 96 years young) Dr. Susan Spatz (34042); Survivor of Birkenau. Just wait until you see her documentary from www.HolocaustEducationFilmFoundation.com. Many thanks to my new best friend Talli Dippold of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University for the introduction.
Susan Cernyak-Spatz, née Eckstein, was born in Vienna in 1922. In the following twenty-three years she experienced many of the terrors of her fellow European Jews: early Nazi oppression in Berlin; post- “Anschluss” Vienna; Nazi occupied Prague; and deportation to Theresienstadt in 1942. But the true horrors of the Nazi “Final Solution” awaited her in Birkenau, the woman’s camp in Auschwitz where she survived her internment, beginning in January, 1943, for two years. These months of hell were followed by a “Death March” and incarceration in Ravensbrück from which she and a group of fellow inmates walked away to freedom.