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A note written in Polish by Rachel Boehm of the Lodz ghetto, on her way to the extermination camp.
Rachel Boehm was a member of the Hazit Dor Bnei Midbar youth movement. She was deported from the ghetto in August 1944. Her comrade from the movement, Mendel Heitler (later Menachem Hartal), known as "Menek", who accompanied the deportees to the Marysin railroad station, arranged with her that she would leave notes in the freight car describing the route of the journey. Menek worked at cleaning the freight cars, and so was able to recover these notes.
In this note, Rachel describes the names of the stations along the route, the timetable, and the morale of the deportees. Among her notations, she lists arrival at Auschwitz. The train's final destination was the camp at Birkenau. Rachel Boehm perished.
This note is kept in the Ghetto Fighters' House Archives. The story was recorded on Audio Cassette No. 627.
Ungar, Michal (ed.), "The Last Ghetto: Life in the Lodz Ghetto 1940 - 1944" Yad Vashem, 1995, pp. 184 - 185. Close