Thursday, January 21, 2016
Batszewa Dagan : Lucky shoes
Batszewa Dagan is aged 90 and a Holocaust survivor who was imprisoned for three years in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland. She is a poet and author of numerous publications and used to teach children and teenagers about the Holocaust. One day in the camp a woman, whose name and fate are lost to history, gave the teenage, Batszewa a miniature pair of shoes for luck. The fellow inmate had secretly made them for her daughter from a scrap of leather and needle and thread. Obviously the fate of her daughter had been sealed and so the lady gave them to the teenager with the message 'Let them carry you to freedom'. " Ms Dagan risked her life to keep the shoes for 20 months, hiding them in a straw mattress. Now, 70 years later Batszewa, has donated the tiny good luck charm to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, which is based at the site of the World War II death camp in Poland.