Survivor Profiles: Cipora Katz
The Museum reflects one’s past, present, and future. It will teach the young, middle- aged, and elderly, that the Holocaust did happen, and how important it is to prevent future discrimination, hatred, and bigotry, regardless of one’s race or religion. I hope that everyone will learn, that when we say in Hebrew 'Dayenu,' meaning enough or never again, we mean it, in order to prevent future genocides.
While hiding from the Nazis in a potato silo in occupied Poland from 1942-44, Cipora had her own good luck charm. Her family was forced to separate, and upon parting, her mother wrapped her in a blanket. During her time in hiding, being subjected to cramped quarters and unimaginable living conditions, Cipora looked to her blanket as a friend and comfort. Being 4 years old, Cipora was the only member of her family who could stand in the silo- everyone else was confined to their knees, and at night, they slept like sardines.
Her father died while in hiding, and after liberation by the Russians in 1944, Cipora learned that her mother, sister, grandfather, aunts, uncles, and cousins were killed in the Treblinka concentration camp. After living in Romania and Israel for a time after the war, Cipora moved to the United States in 1955. She has donated her precious blanket to the Museum, which can be seen in our Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition.