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The Story of Dora Grynberg
A few thousand Jews escaped from the German- and Soviet-occupied Poland to the Far East during WW2. Among them was Dora Grynberg from Warsaw, seven-months pregnant, she was determined to give her child a life of freedom. In order to cross international borders , she, her husband Oskar, and other Polish Jewish refugees received rare assistance from representatives of Dutch government-in-exile, and Nazi Germany’s ally, Japan. A remarkable collection of heart-breaking letters exchanged between young mother Dora and her parents left in Europe. They remind us both of lives lost during the Holocaust and those who courageously survived.
Fumiko Ishioka is an educator and the Executive Director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center (THERC). The THERC teaches children about the dangers of prejudice, intolerance and discrimination.