University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Minnesotans and The Holocaust: Survivors And Liberators

Holocaust Survivors

Photos of Holocaust Survivors, Minnesota.

  • Bronislava Alland: My Life Through the War (PDF), My Life Through the War also contains information about Twin Cities child survivor George Alland.
  • Abraham Alpert: A Spark of Life Memoir (PDF), Survivor from Poland who lived in New York and Florida and whose daughter, Sabina Cohen, lives in Minneapolis. Mr. Alpert passed away in 2002. The memoir was written in 1981 with the aid of Mrs. Cohen's husband, Professor Andrew Cohen, an applied linguist in the ESL department at the University of Minnesota.
  • Julius Ancer, Survivor born in Konin, Poland.
  • Fred Baron, Survivor born in Austria.
  • Murray Brandys: My Name Was No. 133909 ... and I Sang, An autobiography by Murray Brandys as told to Karin B. Miller.
  • Ruth Margot DeWilde, survivor from Berlin who lived in Holland during the Nazi occupation, survived Auschwitz and medical experiments.
  • Reidar Dittmann, Norwegian resistance and survivor of Buchenwald.
  • Dr. Robert O. Fisch, Survivor born in Budapest, Hungary. Retired pediatrician and visual artist, author and illustrator of Light From the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love From the Holocaust.
  • Max Goodman, survivor from Rumania who was deported to Transnistria.
  • Edith Goodman, survivor from Rumania.
  • Ziwa Alexander Katz, Born in Lithuania, survived Siaulai ghetto and Stutthof Concentration Camp.
  • Hinda Danziger Kibort, native of Lithuania, survived the Siaulai ghetto and Stutthof concentration camp, speaker, lecturer and Human Rights advocate.
  • Leo Kibort, born in Germany, lived in Siauliai, Lithuania. Survived Stuthoff and Dachau concentration camps. Testified at the Nuremberg Trials.
  • Gisela Konopka, born in Berlin, she was a German resistance fighter during World War II. She escaped from a concentration camp and arrived in the United States in 1941. She was a professor of social work at the University of Minnesota from 1947 to 1978, and the founder of the Konopka Institute at the University of Minnesota. She passed away at the age of 93 in 2003.
  • Suzanne Muller: From Vienna to Shanghai. A collection of documents and photographs acquired throughout her refugee experience.
  • Henry Oertelt, Survivor from Berlin, Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Flossenberg, author of An Unbroken Chain: My Journey Through the Nazi Holocaust.
  • Lucy Smith, Born in Kraców, Poland, survived the war as a hidden child.
  • Jack and Rochelle Sutin, Photos from Sutin's private collection showing life in the displaced persons camp Neu-Freimann after the war.
  • Paulette Weill (Oppert) Fink, member of the French Resistance.
  • Felicia Weingarten, native of Lodz, Poland, survived Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.
  • Dora Zaidenweber, native of Random, Poland, survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.
  • Sabina Zimering, survivor from Piotrkow, Poland who with her sister hid as Catholic workers in a German Hotel.