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 Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp 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.