Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Leah Balint





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Published on Apr 4, 2012

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Leah Balint was born in Ostrovttz, Poland in 1938. A Christian woman placed her in a Franciscan convent in Warsaw, where she lived for three years. She was baptized, raised as a Christian and given a very severe upbringing. A Gestapo commander had been posted next to the convent and therefore, the children spent most of their daylight hours in the cellar.
Leah's mother was killed by the Nazis after having been informed upon. Liberation was not a significant date for Leah; her life continued as usual and after two months, her cousin came and took her to her father. As far as she was concerned, the end of the war meant the beginning of hell for her - a girl who had been brought up as a Christian facing the task of returning to Judaism.
In 1950, she emigrated to Israel, and lived with her aunt. In 1993 she began her work trying to uncover the identity of children in Israel and Poland by searching through different archives and cross-referencing. So far, she has succeeded in enabling 20 people to discover their true identity.
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