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Published on Apr 24, 2008
Deported to the Lodz ghetto in 1940 with her family, Esther Eisen was eleven years old when she found herself living in one room with five family members and a stranger. Experiencing the horrors of the Lodz ghetto, Esther's older brother died of starvation and her mother was sent to the Chelmno death camp. Deported from the ghetto along with her father in August 1944, Esther was sent to Auschwitz, where she was separated from him forever and taken for forced labor. Transferred to other camps, Esther was loaded onto a train for Germany that was bombed by the Allied air forces yet managed to escape. Esther married a Holocaust survivor and the couple immigrated to Israel, where Esther's husband fell in battle in Israel's War of Independence. Subsequently remarrying, Esther turned to the arts to cope with her loss, becoming a painter, sculptor and writer.