Irene Weisberg Zisblat

Irene Zegelstein was born on 28 December 1929, in the resort town of Polena, in what is now Slovakia, in a house with no electricity. Her father was a business owner, and her mother was a housewife. Around 1939, at the age of nine, she was expelled from school, since Jewish people were forbidden to leave their houses after six in the evening or before eight in the morning.[citation needed]

On March 19, 1944, she and her family were sent to the Miskolc ghetto, which, according to Zisblatt, consisted of " a couple of streets around a brick factory." All houses were already full, so her family had to "built a little tent from our tablecloths and sheets, whatever we had in our suitcases, and we lived under that".

Two months later, she and her family were betrayed into thinking that they were being sent to work in a vineyard in Birkenau, Germany. Instead, they were sent on a train to the Auschwitz concentration camp. She was immediately separated from her family and she was the only one of her 40 family members to survive the gas chambers.[citation needed] Everyone older than 45 or younger than 15 was sent immediately to the gas chambers. Her entire family was gassed up in Gas Chamber No. 2, including her parents. Before leaving, her mother gave her four diamonds to purchase bread. However, not wanting to accept the soldiers' request to put valuables inside bags, Zisblatt swallowed the diamonds, which her mother had sewn into her dress. She later stated that she then recovered the diamonds from her feces. After cleaning the diamonds, she repeated the process on many occasions when she was selected for testing by Josef Mengele.[2]

( Taken from Wikipedia)

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