Summary of Presentation
Abe and Mina were married in 1939 and enjoyed a happy life with very large extended families. Their road from pre-war Poland to liberation to emigration to the U.S. was long, winding and treacherous. When their town in Poland was overrun by the Nazis, life as they knew it ceased. They were forced into the crowded town ghetto where the conditions were deplorable. They both were forced to work as slave laborers. All of their family members suffered in unspeakable ways and during this time, every person in both their families were murdered, including Abe and Mina’s 3-year-old son. They managed to escape from the ghetto and went into underground hiding for 18 months. After liberation in 1945, Abe and Mina wandered from country to country for a year and a half. Ultimately, they ended up in a Displaced Persons camp with other homeless Jewish refugees in Germany for 3 years, immigrating to the U.S. in 1949. As the 2 lone survivors of their families, their story of courage and determination to survive is both poignant and inspirational.