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Holocaust Survivor Treasures Mother's Last Letters

By: AP
By: AP

Jean-Claude Goldbrenner is a Holocaust survivor who treasures his mother's last letters.

Those letters -- given to him by an aunt -- are poignant reminders
of a childhood shaped by tragedy.

Estera Goldbrenner -- known as Elsa -- was pregnant when she was arrested by German police in May 1943 on a train in Nice, France,
as she traveled to visit her jailed husband. She began writing her
family after being shipped to Drancy, a transit camp outside Paris
where thousands of French Jews were deported to concentration
camps.

Goldbrenner wrote about 10 letters that June and July before
being shipped to Auschwitz where she died at the age of 28.

Her son, who was barely a year old at the time, is now 69.

He has told his story for the Holocaust museum's photo project
on displaced Jewish children.

Goldbrenner plans to donate his mother's letters to the
Holocaust museum.


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