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My Two Lives

my two lives bookAmong the extensive concentration camp records examined after the war were countless prisoner photographs.  One particular photograph of a young woman with a shaved head and sad eyes records her fate as “a Jewish woman from Slovakia, name unknown … her subsequent fate, unknown.” That prisoner was Lotte Weiss, who was born in Czechoslovakia, into a large and loving family. Her harmonious upbringing came to an abrupt end, when, in 1942, she was forcibly deported, along with two of her sisters, to Auschwitz.

Tragically, three months later, the rest of her family were also taken, and Lotte alone survived three year’s slave labour in the death camp, from where only a handful returned.

She survived a harrowing ordeal, but meeting her husband, and having children also contributed to Lotte’s healing process and inner strength. Through her open heart, her never-ending good humour and positive attitude to life, she has shaken off the label of ‘fate unknown’.

She feels compelled to tell her story to the younger generation in the hope that these tragedies will never happen again.

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