- Minnie Sztorch Osher was born in Lodz, Poland. She was the third child of Pearl and Yankel Sztorch, Her parents owned a dairy store. As a child, Minnie attended public school.
- When the Nazis took control of Lodz in 1940 they designated an area as a ghetto in which to collect the Jews in the area. The Sztorch family lived in that designated area already, so they were not uprooted, as others, and continued living in their home. The conditions, however, were horrible. The Nazis issued allotments for 1 small bread – but not for Jewish people. Everyone was starving. Minnie decided to take off her Jewish star and get on the bread line.
- The Nazis issued a call for volunteers to go to work. They were told to bring whatever they liked with them. They did not know they were being taken to Auschwitz.
- In Auschwitz she and her three sisters had their heads shaved. They were given uniforms to wear with the letters KL painted in red on the back. They were slated for the gas chamber and did not get tattoos. She does not know what happened to her parents.
- Dr. Mengele, separated her from her family and she was sent for slave labor.
- She was sent from Gross Rosen to Kurzbach then to Breslau.
- Minnie Sztorch Osher left Auschwitz on a Death March that took her to Gross Rosen, Buchenwald, and Bergen Belsen.
- She was liberated from Bergen Belsen.
Background of the Lodz Ghetto
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