She survived Hitler and wants to warn America – On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars
The first transport of Jews to Auschwitz was 997 teenage girls. Few survived. as follows…
Edith Friedman Grosman’s sister, Lea Friedman, second from right, with other girls from their Slovakian village on Passover circa 1936. Lea died in Auschwitz. (Edith Friedman Grosman)
By Gillian Brockell (2020)
As world leaders gather in Poland Monday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi-run Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland, Edith Friedman Grosman will be far away in Toronto. On Monday, the energetic 95-year-old, who was on the first official transport of Jews to Auschwitz, plans to live-stream the ceremony from home, but only if she feels up to it.
She’s already returned to Auschwitz four times, and that’s enough.
“I’m glad they’re doing something for Auschwitz 75,” she told The Washington Post. “But they have to do something in 100 years and 125 years, too.”
Friedman Grosman grew up in the village of Hummené, Slovakia, with her parents and older sister, Lea.
The sun lights the buildings behind the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. (Markus Schreiber/AP)