Laura now lives in Los Alamitos, California, and devotes her time between talking in high schools and colleges about her experiences and being a docent at the Long Beach Museum of Art.
Six weeks later he was sent home; ashes in an urn. Soon another letter arrived. A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor.
How could Mama and her two younger brothers bear that? She made a decision: She would go home and be deported with her family. Despite the horrors she faced in eight labor and concentration camps, Hannelore met and fell in love with a Polish POW named Dick Hillman.
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Oskar Schindler was their one hope to survive. Hannelore is separated from her mother and her brother Selly, and she spends her days working as a nurse in the infirmary.
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One day she is horrified to discover that her new patient, a boy beaten within an inch of his life, is none other than her brother Selly. Selly never full recovers from his injuries and Hannelore does her best to protect him knowing full well that if the Germans find out how sick he is, they will kill the boy.
After a brief stay in a special camp Hannelore is sent to Budzyn, a camp where the conditions are horrific and where Hannelore and the other prisoners have to work very hard. One of the jobs that the prisoners are forced to do is to bury the dead in mass graves. Hannelore's friendship with a girl called Fella and her budding romance with a Polish Jew called Dick Hillman are the two things which keep her going and hoping. Dick does his best to help Hannelore whenever he can, and together they hope that they will be put on Schindler's list.
If they are, then they will be taken to a camp which is a lot better than the one where they are now.
I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor
They might even be able to survive the war. This is the true story of Hannelore Wolff Laura Hillman who was one of the lucky few chosen to go to the camp overseen by Oscar Schindler, a German businessman who did his best to save Jews from gas chambers. Her story is grim, painful, and very moving.
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