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Photograph of Helena Zymler

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    Photograph of Helena Zymler

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    The collection includes an identification photograph of Helena Zymler taken in Łódź, Poland, in 1946.
    inclusive:  1946
    Collection Creator
    Helena Zymler-Svantesson
    Helena Zymler-Svantesson was born in Będzin, Poland in 1924 to Wolf Zymler (b. 1889) and Balbine Sztatler Zymler (b. 1892). Her older brother, Bernard Zymler was born in 1921. Her father worked at an office and her mother was a housewife. In 1929 the family moved to Łódź, Poland and lived at 74 Piulsudskiego Street. In April 1940, the family was forced to move into Muhlstrasse 13 in the Łódź ghetto. The family was forced to share a room with an elderly couple from Vienna, Austria.

    While imprisoned in the ghetto, Helena befriended Melania Fogelbaum (1911-1944), a Jewish poet and painter. Melania had contracted tuberculosis and was unable to work. Instead she devoted her time to caring for the Jewish youth within the ghetto. In August 1944, Helena Zymler and Melania Fogelbaum were deported to Auschwitz concentration camp. Melania perished upon arrival but Helena survived. In October 1944, Helena was transported to Halbstadt labor camp in Czechoslovakia, a sub-camp of Gross-Rosen concentration camp. On May 8, 1945 the camp was liberated by the Soviet Army. In 1950 Helena Zymler received a notebook with Melania’s poems, her correspondence and a few photographs from Nachman Zonabend, who rescued the Łódź ghetto chronicle and many other documents. In 1972, Helena Zymler-Svantesson published the book "Och skuggorna blir längre : en antologi från krigets Polen."

    Physical Details

    1 folder

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Łódź (Poland) Poland.

    Administrative Notes

    Dr. Helena Zymler-Svantesson donated the photograph to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-02-24 14:15:27
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