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Looking for Polish woman who jumped off train to Auschwitz #poland #holocaust


Erica Fox Zabusky
 

A cousin by marriage and family friend, Edja Rosenzweig, jumped from a train going from the Hasag in Czestochowa to Auschwitz in mid-January 1945. She was about 21 at the time. My father interviewed her shortly before she passed away in 2002, and she told her entire wartime story. She said she and about 10 others in her group jumped from the train (they knocked out a window), and several made it to the woods where they hid out for several days. Edja was shot in the leg as she escaped. It might be possible to determine the names of some of the others depending on what kinds of records exist from the Hasag. For the person collecting stories, pls let me know if you would like more details about Edja's story. 

Erica Fox Zabusky
ZABUSKI - Czestochowa, Sochaczew
FRYDMANN - Sochaczew
BRAUN, PANKOWSKI - Czestochowa
FIKSEL, RUDMAN - Izaslav, Slavuta, Odessa, Kharkov
POLISZUK, GOLDMAN - Izaslav, Slavuta


rich.meyersburg@...
 

As far as she knew. She was skinny enough to make it through the opening.


Phil Goldfarb
 

There is a tailor named Sherman Ray (original name Sasha Rajko) in Tulsa, OK who along with several of his friends escaped the train in Poland and hid in the woods for a year. One of the friends had frostbite so they brought him into the ghetto for treatment where they were captured again. His parents and siblings were in the same boxcar with him and would not leave or jump out . They later died at Auschwitz as I found their records for them at Bad Arolson. When he was captured, they sent him to Auschwitz and the only reason why he survived is because he tailored all of the Nazi's clothing. He is 99 years old, still exercises every day (when the gym is open), a good friend of mine, and JUST RETIRED by closing up his shop due to Covid 19 virus. He is sharp as a tack and has spoken to our JGS several times in the past. If you want to hear his story, he was recorded on Voices of Oklahoma: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/ray-sherman/
Regards
Phil Goldfarb
President, JGS of Tulsa


dszeidman@...
 

Hello Marilyn,

Thanks for writing. I don't know if she was the only one to escape in that car. If you know this woman, or for that matter, anyone else who escaped on the way to a concentration camp in Nazi Germany, please let me know. I woud like to add to the information I have gleaned about a few of the 700 or so survivors, many of whom are nameless.

Best regards,
Dale Zeidman


dszeidman@...
 

Hello Rich,
Thanks for writing about your cousin through marriage. I admire her determination and courage in surviving for two years by the "skin of her teeth" in Nazi Germany, and it is wonderful that she went on to live a "long and satisfying life." I am adding the information to the stories I've learned about a few of the 700 or so survivors who were able to jump from concentration camp-bound trains. It is sad that so many of the people who jumped remain nameless. It is good to know that she is a witness to what happened so many years ago -- so the world will never forget.
Sincerely,
Dale Zeidman


dszeidman@...
 

Hello,
Thanks for sharing your story. I will add it to my knowledge of how more than 700 people survived the trains to concentration camps. I regret that so many will forever remain nameless. Has this information been shared with Yad Vashem? I know they would appreciate receiving it. I would like to hold onto your information. It is too important to forget.
Sincerely,
Dale Zeidman


Marilyn Feingold
 

Was she the only one able to escape in that car? What an amazing story! How brave she was.  Marilyn Feingold


rich.meyersburg@...
 

My cousin by marriage Truda Osterman, later Rosenberg was about 18 on the train to Auschwitz.  They were able to pry apart two boards so she could squeeze through.  She was red headed, which made it necessary to     dye her hair, but she survived for 2 or more years in Nazi Germany.  Sometimes she evaded capture by the skin of her tteeth.

it was quite moving going to the Holocaust museum in Washington with her,  We started out as a small family group and ended up 30 or more people listening while she pointed out on the train there exactly where she had been able to slip through.  I think she gave testimony at the museum later, so you may be able to find her story there.

 She survived, married twice, the second time to my cousin and lived a long and satisfying liife. 


m.solman@...
 

You may discover there were a number of survivors who did this. The mother of a McGill University friend in Montreal managed to pry up the cattle car floor boards with others and escaped that way.  Her husband's obituary notice gives her maiden name as Faye Reuben.  I believe she is still alive and must be in her 90s.


dszeidman@...
 

I am searching for a woman from Lomza, Poland, who was on a train to Auschwitz and jumped off. Did she survive? Did she make it to Israel? What was her name? Thanks for your help.

Dale Zeidman

New York