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The heroic story of Halina Birnbaum

The heroic story of Halina Birnbaum

The heroine of the day is Halina Birnbaum, a survivor of Auschwitz, who on her first return visit to Auschwitz, where she lost her family, said: "I returned to Auschwitz to be able to get in and out of hell."

Halina is a real heroine - lacking in fear of dealing with difficulties, and with a lot of desire to look straight in front of them - inspiration!

Halina was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1929 to a family of five brothers and sisters.

When she was 10 years old, World War II broke out, Poland was conquered, and Halina and her family were transferred to the Warsaw ghetto.

In May 1943, accommodation was deported to the Majdanek camp in Lublin, and after about two months she was sent to Auschwitz, where a tattoo number 48693 was tattooed on her arm.

When the Germans began evacuating the Auschwitz death camp, they were deported on January 18, 1945, on a "death march" to the Ravensbrueck camp in Germany and from there to the Neumstadt Gelba camp.

In May 1945, after being liberated from the camp by the Russian army, Halina chose to return to Poland and make up for what she had missed, she began her high school studies in the evening.

In 1947, Halina immigrated to Israel as part of the Hashomer Hatzair group, married and started a family.

In 1986, she returned to Poland for the first time with a group of Israelis and visited the death camps.

Following the visit, she began documenting her memories and past.

In October 2015, Halina received the Warsaw Medal of Honor for her contribution to the documentation of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Halina still visits Poland and participates in many educational programs.

Halina has translated many poems and written several books that have been translated into many languages, including: "Life as Hope", "Journey to the Past", "Inner Melody", "Songs Before the Flood", "Hope Dies at the End", "Reading Memory" and more.

One of the wonderful songs that Halina translated is the song "The Little Treblinka Station", written in Polish by the Jewish-Warsaw poet Vladislav Schlengel, who was murdered by the Germans. The song was composed by Yehuda Poliker and was included on the album "Ash and Dust".

Halina lives in Herzliya and has two sons, her son, Yaakov Gilad wrote the theme song for the album Ash and Dust.

In her book Life as Hope, Halina says: "In Auschwitz I wrote on pieces of paper of cement sacks. But I could not keep those lists until the day of liberation.

Accommodation is an inspiration, in the face of the difficulty Accommodation chose a special way of coping, she unloaded her day into the paper of the rough cement bags. Memory of more civilized days. Along with a wish, that the end of these memories, will be the end of everything that does not feel right - will disappear - accommodation is an inspiration!