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Haifa Home- Miriam's Story

"The moment I entered, I felt at home."

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Miriam was born in a city on the German border of Poland. Just five days after the start of the war on September 6, 1939, the Nazis arrived in her city. In the winter of 1939, Miriam and many other Jews were transported to the Lodz Ghetto during a two-day trip in icy and inhuman conditions.

During that horrible winter, Miriam's family lived on a straw floor in the street. A month later, they were ordered to return at night to her hometown on the German border, where another ghetto had been created.

In 1944, Miriam was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a place where, she says, cannot be described. The initial chaos on arrival and the months that follow were surrounded by death and go beyond the realm of human language. The camp was invaded and the prisoners were set free in the spring of 1945. This is when Miriam began her journey to Israel. Miriam and her brother were the only one's that survived from their family in the war.

At the end of the war, Miriam took a ship called the "Biria" to Israel, with the dream of building a new home in a Jewish homeland. The conditions on board the ship were very difficult, and yet she arrived to her promised land.

On the day of the proclamation of the state of Israel, Miriam remembers dancing ecstatically in the streets. After so many years of nightmares, the dream of the Jewish people has finally come true. During her life here in Israel, she has built a family and is now a proud mother of three, a grandmother to nine, and a great-grandmother to seven.

Miriam has been a resident of the ICEJ Haifa home for Holocaust survivors for several years now. Watch this video to hear what the Haifa Home means to her!

Help us continue to show Christian love and support to Miriam and other Holocaust survivors today!


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