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Blue Eyed Salvation
Transcript of Blue Eyed Salvation
Derotka was supposed to begin first grade when war broke out.
Derotka's father escaped to Vilna with other Jewish leaders.
People were suffering, but she didn't understand why. she was content with her playmates and dolls.
Not a school, but a place to keep children...
"You know in the ghetto there were schools for children. What we did--we didn't learn much in the schools, we were...we learned how to sing. I know all the Yiddish songs from the Vilna ghetto. I sang them. I have a record with all those songs. I have done it in London. So I knew all the songs. But you have to understand that the Jewish children did not have the right to live, so a few times in the week they came to...to take out the children, so the schools had bunkers, and we were given brown paper and pencils to...to keep quiet. So, if you can call it a school--I wouldn't call it--but it, it was a place were they, the children came, and every day less and less children came, because the children were taken out of the ghetto and put in...and killed."
Concentration Camp: Children
Concentration Camp: Women
Concentration Camp: The Showers
Dorotka was the youngest of three children in a Jewish family. Her father was the director of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in Warsaw and worked for a popular newspaper. An avid Zionist, he had traveled to Palestine.
Born: February 1, 1932
During the time of the Holocaust
When the Soviets neared Stutthof, two Germans with machine guns shot everyone in her barracks. Lying sick on her stomach and weighing just 40 pounds, Dorotka felt the sting of two bullets in her back.
After her father brought them to Vilna, the Germans killed him and deported Dorotka, her mother and sister to the Stutthof camp.
Dorotka's mother died slowly of hunger. When her sister and herself were sent to be gassed, a German saved Dorotka, saying, "Look at this rotten Jewish child; she has such beautiful eyes." Dorotka's sister waved so she wouldn't follow her. The date of this event is unknown.
The Story of Dorotka Goldstein
Dorotka's father established a soup kitchen in Warsaw for Jewish refugees who had fled from Germany.
Dorotka was found unconscious in her bunk two hours later when the camp was liberated by Soviet troops on May 9, 1945. She emigrated to Israel in 1952.
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Impact of era
Lack of education
Loss of family
Stripped of freedom and independence
Impact of the location
(Warsaw, Poland to Vilna, Poland and later the Stutthof camp)
Caught between the friction of Germany and Russia
Connection to other victims:
Christine, Elizabeth, Haleigh, Kayla, Santino, Charlie, Shawna
World War II
Expansion of the Concentration Camp System
Early Stages of Persecution
Persecution and Murder of Jews