Survivors' Stories

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

Sally Yassy

  • From: Poland (Lodz)
  • Liberated from: Germany (Bergen Belsen) 
  • Deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau from: Poland (Lodz Ghetto)
  • Current Location: USA (New York - Queens)
  • Year of birth: 1926
Brief Bio

Sally Yassy was birn in Lodz, Poland on August 16th, 1926.  She survived life in the Lodz Ghetto,

Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau (Poland : Death Camp), Gross Rosen (Germany : Concentration Camp) and was finally liberated from Bergen-Belsen (Germany : Concentration Camp.) Sally lost all but one member of her family in the Holocaust. She reconnected with her only living relative, her uncle, after the war.
As she shares her survival story Sally describes the separation and loss of her family, the smell of crematoria, and the fear of what was coming . She recalls that during one of the selections in Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz she was chosen to be sent to Germany with 1000 girls from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.  On one occasion this group of girls was sent to take showers. They feared that they would meet the fate that so many had met before them, that the shower would release gas rather than water.  They were “lucky” and surprised that that shower was intended to sanitize them.
Sally currently lives in Queens, New York.