MEET THE AUTHOR
Book and Author: Bittersweet Memories by Celia Henick Feldman
When: Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.
Holocaust Documentation and Education Center
2031 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33020
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Born in 1923, Celia Henick grew up in Lodz, Poland. When the Germans occupied Lodz, her father escaped to the U.S.S.R. Feldman, with her mother, brother, and aunt, was deported to the countryside. They then traveled to Radom, joining relatives there. Feldman worked in a munitions factory, and then survived a death march to Tomaszow Mazowiecki in August, 1944.
From there, she, her mother, aunt, and brother were taken to Auschwitz, where her aunt was killed. Feldman and her mother worked for four months in Birkenau.
Celia described this camp as “hell on earth.” People were always cold and hungry. Everybody was occupied by thoughts of how to get food. Out of desperation, Celia would sneak into the kitchen and grab a bowl of soup. She and her mother did everything possible to stay alive.
In December, 1944, she was separated from her mother and sent to work in a factory in Ober-Alstadt, where she was liberated in May, 1945. She then found her mother in Theresienstadt, and together they located her brother in Stuttgart.
The three of them, with eight other relatives, arrived in New York in 1946 on the second ship of survivors to reach the U.S.; her father arrived in 1947.
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