Frieda Aaron, a survivor of three concentration camps and the Warsaw ghetto, tells the story of her experience. As a girl of eleven and a half in 1939, she risked her life by attending a clandestine school, and only narrowly escaped death when her family underground bunker was discovered, a few months before the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto. In a succession of camps, she became "bones, sores and scabs," but maintained the hope and courage that were possessed by all who survived. Even after liberation of the camp by the Russians, her family was hunted by Polish fascists. Today she tells and retells her story, driven by the memory of an inscription on a camp latrine: "May he be damned who after gaining freedom remains silent." Produced by Barbara Londin for WBAI.
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