Edith Brandmann was born on September 11 1931 in Kriesciatik, Romania. Her village was a border between Romania and Poland. her parents owned a grocery store. She had a brother named Jacob and a sister named Martha. Her family spoke Yiddish and German at home. After she began school, she also learned Romanian.
In the summer, Edith would play with her friends and go swimming because her village was by the river. Her mother would usually pack her a sandwich and sometimes she and her best friend would go play in the forest.
When the war started, there were immediate changes. She was nine years old when they expelled the Jews from her village.
Leave your house now... all Jews in camps...put stars on your jackets...
Her family was sent to concentration camps. There were thousands of other Jews there. The place was very unorganized. Everyday, 1000 Jews were sent to ghettos. When her father heard about this, he told them to stall until he could come up with an escape plan.
Her family spent more than 3 years sheltered by Jewish families in a Ukrainian village.
Do you see anyone?
Luckily, Edith and her family survived the war. In 1959 Edith immigrated to America.