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Justine Lerner

Arwen Donahue

in This is Home Now

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125473
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125473.003.0008
Justine Lerner

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Justine Lerner, born in Bialystok, Poland in 1923, was one of eight children in a close-knit Jewish family. Her family was forced to live in the ghetto and then went into hiding. However, they got caught and were shipped to Auschwitz. Justine was the only member of her family who survived the Holocaust and she details her everyday life at the camp. She helped a Polish woman and this, for Justine, aided her in her struggle for survival. She then worked to find diamonds or money people used to sew in their clothes. After the camp was liberated by the Americans, Justine were sent to Paris. She tells of how she met her husband, how she found her uncle who lived in the United States, and how she moved to the States. She gave birth after seven years. She never had the desire to go back to Poland.

Keywords: Justine Lerner; Poland; Auschwitz; Paris; United States

Chapter.  6715 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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