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AUG 1, 2017

IN MEMORY: Helen Freeman (1921 - 2017)

We are sad to announce that Helen Freeman, one of the Museum's longtime community members, passed away on July 30, 2017.

Helen was born in 1921 in Radom, Poland. Shortly after Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Helen and her family were relocated to a ghetto. She lived in the ghetto until she was sent to work at a construction company. Helen worked there briefly until she was transferred to Wolanów, a labor camp outside of Radom, where she repaired Nazi military uniforms. At the camp, Helen contracted typhus after caring for an ill friend. Weeks later, Helen woke up in a hospital bed where she learned that her brother had bribed a Nazi soldier to bring her back to the ghetto. Upon the liquidation of the ghetto, Helen was first sent to the Szkolna labor camp and then to Auschwitz-Birkenau. From Auschwitz, Helen was transferred to work at a motor plant in Czechoslovakia, where she manufactured airplane parts. She was liberated by Allied troops on May 8, 1945, when she was 23 years old.

Several months later, Helen married Joseph Freeman, also a Holocaust Survivor from Radom, and immigrated to the United States in 1951. They had four children.

May her memory be a blessing.

The funeral will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, August 2, at 10:00 am at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068