Rose Meth

  • Born in 1925(?) to a prominent Hasidic family in Zator, Poland.  There were six children in her family. 
  • When the Germans occupied Poland in September 1939, but could not escape.  She moved in a succession of ghettos from 1939 until 1943.  From 1943 until 1945, she was in Auschwitz.
  • While in Auschwitz, she participated in the revolt that ended with the destruction of a crematorium in 1944.  
  • Rose Meth was evacuated from Auschwitz on January 19, 1945, on a Death March to Wroclaw on the Polish-German border. From there they were transported to Ravensbruck and then to Neustadt-Glewe, where they were liberated by the American army on May 3, 1945.
  • She arrived in the United States in 1946 aboard the first civilian ship from Germany.  She settled in Chicago, Illinois and worked as a fashion designer.  
  • In 1948 she married Irving Meth and moved to New York.  She worked in her husband's business in the Lower East Side of New York City.  She was active in AMIT women.
  • Over the next decades, she raised three sons.  All attained higher education both in yeshiva and secular institutions.  Her husband passed away in 2005, she currently resides with her son in Queens, New York.


Zator, Poland

Auschwitz / Birkenau






Destruction of Crematorium in Auschwitz


Death March





Ruth Meth


An oral history taken in 1985 by Bonnie Gurewitsch of the Yeshiva of Flatbush inspired lead to a chapter in "Different Voices" by Rittner and Roth.  This chapter was reproduced at