Survivors' Stories

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
Elie Wiesel

Lois Flamholz

  • From: Czech Republic (Zdenova in the Carpathian Mountains)
  • Liberated from: Germany (Bergen Belsen) 
  • Deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau from: Ukraine (Munkacz Ghetto)
  • Current Location: USA (New Jersey)
  • Year of birth: 1928

Brief Bio

I come from a small town from an orthodox family. I was the oldest of 4 children. I had a younger sister who was 10, a little brother who was 6 and a little brother who was 3, and I was 16 at the time. From the ghetto we also went to Auschwitz together with my paternal grandparents and my father’s sister and her family.  All were exterminated except for 4 cousins with whom I went through the whole concentration camp together. After the liberation from Bergen Belsen, I went with 3 of my cousins to Sweden, because 1 of them died in Bergen Belsen. I was in Sweden 2-1/2 years before my mother’s 2 brothers brought me to America in 1948. Once in America, I went to the Bronx to night school, where I met my husband, got married in 1948 and built a new family.  

What does Auschwitz mean to you?

Terrible memories 

My message for future generations is…

To Treat everybody the way you want to be treated, that’s what I tell the children when I speak in the schools.

Who will be accompanying you on this journey?  

My son Allan Flamholz 

He is the best son in the world and I am not saying that because he is mine.