Survivors' Stories

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

Rachel Roth

  • From: Poland (Warsaw)
  • Liberated from: Germany (Bergen Belsen) 
  • Deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau from: Poland (KL Majdanek)
  • Current Location: USA (New York City)

Brief Bio

Rachel (Roma) Rothstein was the oldest child of a religious upper middle class family in Warsaw Prague. Her Grandfather owned an apartment building and a supply business for tailors. Her mother owned a men’s clothing store. Her father was a Rabbi, writer and journalist editor of the Yiddishe Tugblatt. During the war, under Nazi occupation,  she smuggled guns twice into the Warsaw ghetto and was smoked out of her bunker during the uprising. She along with family that remained were transported to KL Majdanek. She and her aunt survived together in Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camps Majdanek , Auschwitz (about 2 years) and Bergen Belsen. After liberation she waited in Paris for renewal of papers for legal entry to Palestine. She also voluntarily shared her documents so that another individual could enter Palestine clandestinely. She married and lived in Israel for 20 years and then moved to the USA due to financial hardship. She began recounting her history to Bnei Akiva scouts. In the USA she built a business,  two houses and a family of 5 with her husband Shlomo. She has an honorary degree from Ramaz High School for several trips to Poland and many speaking engagements at the school. She has published her memoirs HERE THERE IS NO WHY in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Audible and soon in Polish.

What does Auschwitz mean to you?

You would have to ask her.

My message for future generations is…

Look at me, remember me. I had the same life that you have now, make sure this does not happen again.

Who will be accompanying you on this journey?

Ram Roth son and 29 other descendants, children, grand and great grand children too. She has 58 descendants in total.