4 January 2018

Judith Schneiderman, Auschwitz survivor from Rachov, dies at 89

It is with great sorrow that the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe has learned the news of the passing of Holocaust survivor Judith Schneiderman. She died in the United States on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, surrounded by her family.

Judith Schneiderman was born as Judith Rosenberg in 1928 as the fifth of eight children into a family of Orthodox, Yiddish-speaking Jews in the town of Rachov. Situated in the Carpathian Mountains, the town now belongs to Ukraine, but at the time of her birth, it was part of Czechoslovakia until its annexation by Hungary in 1939. After the German occupation of Hungary in 1944, her family was imprisoned in a ghetto and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau a few days later. Her parents and two youngest sisters were murdered upon arrival in the gas chambers. Judith was selected for forced labour and went on to survive numerous Nazi camps and a death march in the very last days of the war.

After the war, she never returned to her hometown. Still only 17 years old, she lived in a DP camp in Landsberg am Lech where she met her future husband Pinek (Paul) Schneiderman, a Holocaust survivor from Poland. In 1946, they left for America where they went on to have four children and later many grandchildren. In 2009, she published »I sang to Survive«, her memoirs of the Holocaust. The book was translated into German and published by the Foundation in 2013. She visited Berlin for the occasion of her book launch. It was held at the US Embassy situated between the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial.

In just a few weeks' time, her memoirs will be published in the Foundation's book series in English. Until the last days of her life, Judith attended to the work on the new edition. She was 89 years old.

Picture: DP-Camp Landsberg am Lech, 1946: Judith Schneiderman, 17, shortly before emigrating to the US

Picture: Berlin, 2013: From left to right Uwe Neumärker, Claudia Michelsen, HE Philip Murphy, Judith Schneiderman, Helene Schneiderman (daughter), Adam Kerpel-Fronius, Lara Flamme (granddaughter), David Schneiderman (son), Liviya Flamme ((granddaughter), Michael Flamme (son in law), Photo: Marko Priske