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Jan 22, 2016

Touching keepsake. Wzruszająca pamiątka.

Dziś zacznę po polsku. Artykuł znajduje się tutaj:,50/wzruszajaca-pamiatka-trafila-do-muzeum-auschwitz,612261.html
Myślę, że warto przeczytać. :)


A few days ago in miniature Polish group on FB one of the girls posted this touching article. In a way it is about a miniture so let me try to translate it for you.

If anyone doesn't know: Auschwitz concentration camp was built in Oświęcim by German nazis in 1940 to imprison Poles. In 1942 also German nazis built Auschwitz II-Birkenau which became a place of Jews extermination (Shoah). After the end of II WW in 1947 Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau became the Aushwitz -Birkenau State Museum.

Batsheva Dagan(born Izabela Rubinstein) was born in Łódź in Poland. When the Nazis invaded Poland she and her family escaped to Radom. There they got to a ghetto and she joined Hashomer Hacair, a secret Jewish youth organisation. On behalf of this organisation she visited Warsaw ghetto many times bringing Radom's gazette "Pod prąd"(Against the tide). In 1942 she escaped from ghetto and got to Germany but after a few months she was captured and sent to German nazis' Auschwitz Birkenau concetration camp. She stayed there till the beginning of 1945, then she and other prisoners were moved to Ravensbrück, later - again - to Malchow. On May 2nd, 1945 she and prisoners were liberated by British Army. After the war she left for Palestine and there married Paul Dagan.

All her life in Israel she was teaching children about Shoah and all her life she was keeping her very personal keepsake close.

When she was in Aushwitz Birkenau she met German Jew who was married to German policeman and had a daughter. From her family she was the only one imprisoned in German Nazis concentration camp. As Batsheva describes her: "She was swarthy and had sad eyes. She was sad and she was telling how she missed her daughter and was thinking if she ever leaves the camp. And she was the one who made me a surprise. She made me these slippers. She said: "May they carry you to freedom."".

The shoes are 1cm long, made of leather sewn with thread. Batsheva was hiding them for 20 months. She was carring them in her pants. She found the safety pin and during delousing she was pinning the shoes to the paillasse.

After the war there were many museums which wanted to have this keepsake for themselves but Batsheva decided to donate them to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. She said: "they were born here, so they must be here".

Batsheva Dagan donates her keepsake to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.


The grandmommy said...

VERY touching story. Thank You

Daydreamer said...

Wow, Ewa, that is an amazing story! The shoes are so tiny! Amazing and very touching!

Drora's minimundo said...

Dear Ewa
The story touches my heart. For over 16 years I worked, as a volunteer, visiting lonely elderly people most of them Shoa (The Holocaust) survivors.
One of the ladies,a very beautiful old woman who is now over 90 years, was imprisoned together with her older sister in Birkenau. The two ladies have numbers tattooed on their arms. I heard some heart breaking stories which
caused many sleepless nights. What a sad world it was then and how sad
it is that the human race doesn't learn better.
A warm hug,

Ilona said...

What a very touching, but also interesting story, thank you for telling us, Ewa! I'm in awe with these tiny shoes, they're cleverly made. Especially when you think of this dark time period for mankind....
Warm hugs, Ilona

Maria Ireland said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. The shoes are precious.
Hugs Maria

Timea said...

Hi Ewa. This is such a touching story . Amazing little slippers ....
They ended up where they belong .
Regards Timea

BiWuBär said...

She could not have chosen any better place for this very special keepsake... what a very touching story. Just to imagine to make a stunning miniature like this under conditions that are beyond our imagination. Thanks for sharing...


Giac said...

Hello Ewa,
thank you for sharing this story. how beautiful...
Big hug

World Costume Dolls said...

What a wonderful story. I am so pleased the little shoes were donated to the Auschwitz=Birkenau State Museum where they rightly belong. Thank you so much for sharing the story.

Bubbles said...

What an amazing woman, and story too. Those shoes are so tiny - and yet look so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this :)