Born to a Jewish family in Lodz, Poland in 1924, Jean Yuspeh survived the Holocaust by escaping with her best friend to Russia. She was sent to a gulag work camp in the forests of Siberia with only the clothes on her back. The rest of Jean’s family, went into the Lodz ghetto and then to Auschwitz. Three sisters survived Auschwitz, but were then forced into Hitler’s death march to the Baltic. Only one of her sisters survived the march by somehow missing the bullets of a roadside firing squad. After the war Jean spent three years in a displaced persons camp and ultimately found her sister in a different DP camp before finally coming to the United States of America.
Watch Jean tell her story here.