Rachel Zonszajn Benshaul collection
The collection includes a diary written by Cypora Zonszajn while living in the Siedlce ghetto. The diary recounts Cypora's flight from her family home in the ghetto to an attic above the ghetto police command post with her daughter Rachel while part of the ghetto was forcibly evacuated in August 1942, including Rachel's paternal grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Through information received by someone who escaped, Cypora writes that people are being deported to Treblinka and details the events leading to their deaths. The diary was written in Polish and entrusted to Irena Zawadzka and Zofia Olszakowska, who both saved and hid Rachel in eastern Poland during the war. Also included are three photographs and a postwar letter written by Zofia to Rachel's paternal uncle Szymon Jablon in Palestine in 1945.
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of Rachel Zonszajn Benshaul
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