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Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Miriam Liptcher

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Published on Apr 7, 2013

Miriam Liptcher was born Manya Wagman in 1922 in Krakow, Poland. She had seven siblings. With the German conquest, her family moved to the town of Proszowice. Miriam and her brother Joseph disguised themselves as Aryans. Their father acquired food from farmers and they traveled by train to Krakow to smuggle provisions into the ghetto. One day, Miriam was reported to a German officer by a Polish acquaintance. From that day on, Miriam never saw her family again. On the train on her way to the prison, Miriam pushed the informer out of the car.
In May 1942, Miriam was deported to Auschwitz. She decided to help her fellow female prisoners as much as possible.
In the spring of 1944, she was transferred to the experiment shed of the infamous Josef Mengele. The experiments she endured there rendered her barren.
In January 1945, Miriam was put on a death march to Bergen-Belsen, where she was liberated in April 1945. She discovered that she was her family's only survivor. On "Kibbutz Buchenwald" she met Rudy Liptcher, also a Holocaust survivor, and they decided to immigrate to Eretz Israel. After being detained at Atlit, the couple went to Kibbutz Afikim and then to Pardes Hanna. In 1963, they adopted a little girl. When she was just four years old, Rudy passed away, leaving Miriam to raise her alone.
Miriam has a daughter and three grandchildren.

For more information http://www.yadvashem.org/remembrance/...

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