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Object | Accession Number: 1993.27.31

Life magazine owned by Franka Rosenblum with an article on concentration camps. Franka and her family were in Zawiercie, Poland, when Germany invaded in September 1939. Franka was assigned as forced labor in a steel mill and was involved with the resistance. On August 26, 1943, she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau where she was shaved, given rags to wear, and tattooed with the number 56362. She worked in a hospital, then in a Krupp ammunition factory. In January 1945, she was forced on death marches to Malkov, Ravensbrück, and Leipzig, where she escaped and hid. The area was soon liberated and she was relocated to a refugee camp in France. Her family in Poland was killed. In Paris, she encountered Julian Hirshfeld, whom she had known before and during the war, and they married on September 26, 1946. Julian was deported from Łódź to a series of concentration camps because his skills as a textile engineer were valuable to the Germans. He was liberated at Buchenwald by US troops on April 11, 1945. A few months after her marriage to Julian, Franka and their infant daughter emigrated to the United States. Julian followed in 1949.

publication/distribution:  1945
publication: New York (N.Y.)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Frances Hirshfeld, in memory of her husband Dr. Julian Hirshfeld, and their family members who perished during the Holocaust
Record last modified: 2021-05-12 12:42:30
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