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In Fire & In Flowers
The Holocaust Memoirs of Nathan and Phyllis Dunkelman

by Phyllis Rozencwijg Dunkelman ©2014, Paperback, ISBN: , 178 pp
 

In Fire and In Flowers includes the memoirs of both Phyllis and Nathan Dunkelman, who met after the war in a displaced persons camp. Nathan, only twelve years old when the Germans occupied Poland, survived the Łódź Ghetto, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and Althammer labor camp. Phyllis, only ten years old when WWII started, lived in Kozienice, Poland, where a ghetto was established in 1941. In 1942 she was sent first to Gorzyczki Polenlager, a labor camp for non-Jewish Poles, next to Skarżysko Kamienno labor camp, and eventually to five other camps including Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen.

 

After liberation, Nathan and Phyllis ended up in Zeilsheim displaced persons camp, where they met and fell in love. In 1951 they immigrated to the U.S., settling in Vineland on a poultry farm and raising three children as well as chickens. Their work evolved into a prosperous wholesale egg and chicken business, and the family continued to thrive with six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. As Nathan remarked, “We went through hell and came back. We have been in fire and in flowers.”

 

Nathan and Phyllis, a loving and resilient couple, surmounted many obstacles both during the Holocaust and in the New World. In Fire and In Flowers will inspire readers, especially those dealing with adversity.

Table of Contents

Preface i

Part I Nathan

Chapter One A Child in Łódź 1

Chapter Two Łódź Occupied 7

Chapter Three The Łódź Ghetto 9

Chapter Four Abused 23

Chapter Five The Irony of Fate 28

Chapter Six Facing the Future 30

Chapter Seven Love at First Sight 33

Chapter Eight A New World 35

Chapter Nine A Farm in Vineland 37

Chapter Ten Nathan’s Epilogue 40

Part II Phyllis

Chapter Eleven Kozienice 42

Chapter Twelve School and Play 46

Chapter Thirteen The Dogs of War 50

Chapter Fourteen Slave Labor 56

Chapter Fifteen Skarżysko Kamienna 60

Chapter Sixteen Reunion 65

Chapter Seventeen Pionki Labor Camp 71

Chapter Eighteen Auschwitz-Birkenau 75

Chapter Nineteen Baumlitz 78

Chapter Twenty Into Hell 80

Chapter Twenty-One Elsnig 83

Chapter Twenty-Two Bombed and Liberated 91

Chapter Twenty-Three Our Welcome Home 96

Chapter Twenty-Four The DP Camps 99

Chapter Twenty-Five Phyllis’s Epilogue 106

Reflection 111

Works Cited 113

Endnotes 116

Maps 143

Photographs 151

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