• Born in 1936 in Zamosc, Poland.
  • Father built a flour mill in a nearby town, Tomaszow-Lubelski.
  • Her family was in this town when the war broke out in Poland on September 1, 1939. She was three and a half when this happened.
  • At the time, Hitler and Stalin had a non-aggression pact so Judy’s family started to move eastward, trying to avoid the war.
  • They eventually ended up in Ukraine
  • Judy, together with her parents and sister were exiled to Siberia, because they requested passage to return to Poland. They were in Siberia for two and a half years.
  • Judy’s father was a bookkeeper for a lumber factory in Siberia and he used his position to request transfer to more western parts of Russia.
  • They ended up in the Uzbek republic.
  • When the war was over in 1945, Judy and her family returned to Poland, but there was nothing left for them in Poland.
  • They ended up in DP camps run by the Sochnut (Jewish Agency) in Germany.
  • In 1951, Judy came with her family to the United States and settled in Chicago
  • Judy has written vignettes about her Holocaust experiences, published in a book “And Life is Changed Forever”.


Zamosc, Poland









Hitler and Stalin -- non-aggression pact




Jews escape to Siberia




DP Camps



December DPs

Displaced Persons - Yad Vashem