Survivor Letter Julia Brown

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Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 East Cary Street

Richmond, VA 23223

December 5th, 2014

 

Dear Eva Schloss:

 

My name is Julia Brown, and I am the curator at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, located in Richmond, Virginia. We receive photos about the Holocaust, and I found one that has many similarities with your story.  I was hoping you could help us with gathering more information about this photo and about the Holocaust.

In your story, you stated that on your 15th birthday, your family was arrested by Nazi soldiers after being betrayed by a Dutch nurse who secretly worked as a Nazi. The women were separated from the men, so you and your mother were split up from your father and brother. In the picture, we see a family saying their goodbyes through a fence, knowing that it might be the last time they see each other. What did your father say to you when you were split up? Did you know if you were going to see him again?

Would the Virginia Holocaust Museum and I be able to use your story in our exhibit as we attempt to explain this gruesome event in our history? If so, would you mind answering a few of my questions so I can better understand your experiences? In your narration, you wrote that if you did not complete enough tasks throughout the day, you were removed and gassed. How often were you fed there, if at all? What were some of the tasks you had to complete and how gruesome was the work? How did you feel without your father and brother living with you?

And finally, how did you stay positive when you were so hungry and so mistreated? Did you ever think that you would make it out alive? Thank you for your time and sharing your story with me.

 

Sincerely,

Julia Brown