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Bat mitzvaded at 92

  • Featuring: Frieda Thompson & Susan Leitch
  • Date Submitted: Sep 7, 2022
  • Location: California

The day WWII broke out Frieda’s father was apprehended by the gestapo and sent to his death. Her brothers escaped to the United States while she and her mother were sent to a concentration camp in France. Later, when the Nazis sent her mother to another camp, where she knew she would be killed, she declined to take Frieda with her which saved her life. Sometime after the war Frieda made her way to the United States. Having missed out on her bat mitzvah as a child, the Los Angeles Jewish Health center gave her one for her 92nd birthday. Edit credit: Alison Jacques

To hear Frieda's full recording you can listen here.

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