Sala (back row, far right). Geppersdorf concentration camp, 1941.
When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, it was not immediately clear that they intended to kill the Jews of Europe. In Sala’s home city of Sosnowiec, authorities ordered that one family member from each household be sent to work in a labor camp. Sala volunteered to go in place of her sister, Rose. She was sent to Geppersdorf labor camp where she worked in the laundry.
After a year in the camps, some of the Jews working in Geppersdorf were allowed to return home for a “vacation.” When she left home for the second time to return to the camp, her father blessed her as he said goodbye. Sala never saw her parents again.