To Remember!

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Poem written by Sala Slomnicki for”Blemka,” Parschnitz Prison camp, July 25, 1943.
Image credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Harry Birnhol

With a joke always be careful
Because not everyone will recognize a joke
In a joke you could lose your heart.

Dear Blemka, to remember forever
From the old walls of the camp
Think of me sometimes
As I’m writing to you
Sala Slomnicki from Dombrowa

25-VII-1943 Parznitz

Born in 1928, Sala (Sally) Slomnicki was living with her parents, brother, and four sisters in Dombrowa Gornicza, Poland, when the German army invaded. Sala’s family was confined to the nearby Będzin ghetto until 1941, when her brother and father were arrested and killed (Sala’s father was beheaded at the Katowice prison camp on September 18, 1942). In August 1942, Sala was confined to the Parschnitz (Gross-Rosen) concentration camp. Her two older sisters remained as workers in Będzin. Her two younger sisters and mother were sent to Auschwitz, where they were subsequently murdered. The Soviet Army liberated Parschnitz in May 1945. In August 1947, Sala emigrated to the U.S. on board the ship Ernie Pyle. She met Leo Birnholz on board; they married December 9, 1950.

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Sala and her sister, Sima, 1940.
Image credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
courtesy of Harry Birnhol

[Research note: http://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/pa1165759]

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