University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Felicia Weingarten

weingarten with dog

Felicia Karo Weingarten was born in 1926 in Lodz, Poland.She survived the Lodz Ghetto in Poland and several camps, including Auschwitz.She was liberated from Bergen-Belsen in April 1945.Felicia immigrated to the United States in 1948 and currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Felicia Weingarten has been a consultant for the University of Minnesota.She has also served as a resource person for interviews and panel discussions on television and radio, as well as for papers and books, on topics dealing with the historical, psychological and political factors of the Holocaust.

She has spoken extensively on these topics for over forty years to high school and college audiences.Ave Maria in Auschwitz: A True Story of a Jewish Girl From Poland was published by DeForest Press in 2005.The book is a collection of short stories that poetically reflect her experience in the ghettos and camps during the Holocaust.

Excerpts from the book Ava Maria in Auschwitz: The True Story of a Jewish Girl From Poland (©2005 DeForest Press)

The Red Jacket and other Stories (PDF)

Felicia Weingarten’s testimony is available at the University of Minnesota through the Visual History Archive developed by the USC Shoah Foundation institute for Visual History and Education (Also known as the Shoah Project). Visit the Visual History Archive website for more information.

Felicia Weingarten CHGS video

The Holocaust and Minnesota History: A Curriculum Kit for 6th to 8th Grade Students (PDF) Minnesota Historical Society