A Holocaust Survivor Comes to Dothan to Share Her Story

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Many Americans only learn about the holocaust in history class.
But today Dothan residents learned firsthand.
Ann Roseheck a holocaust survivor came to the university to tell her story to bring the history books to life.

“Someone came and told us we are on the list, you momma and myself. They are taking us away.” Holocaust survivor Ann Rosenheck said.

Ann was only 13 when she was rounded up by the Nazi’s.
She and her family were put in a cattle car and taken to the first concentration camp.
Once she arrived, her nightmare began.

“I heard my poppa screaming and so i ran in and guess who it was. My closest friend’s uncle that was beating my father.” Rosenheck said.

Not long after everyone in her family was sent to the gas chambers...except for her...one of many times Ann escapes death.

“I went to life they went to death.” Rosenheck said.

Ann says the conditions at Auschwitz were terrible.

“I only had one dress, it was December, and my shoes were gone. I was wearing clogs. No undergarments, just a gray striped dress and my feet were bloody.” Rosenheck said.

However she managed to hang on, after four months in Auschwitz, she was taken to Germany to work in a factory.
It was here she would have to escape death for the last time.
A doctor pretended she had typhoid so he can smuggle her into his bunk and keep her from being sent off.

“That night the Americans closed in and I was liberated the next day the 29th of April.” Rosenheck said.

A day that will be a bookmark in her memory for the rest of her life.

Ann is one of the few people still alive with memories of the horrific time in history.
She says she'll continue to tell her story for all who want to hear.

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