She lived in Leipzig with her husband Max until his death in 1920. While living in Leipzig, the couple's only child, a daughter named Mary, was born in 1918. After her husband's death, Spira made a living operating a dry goods store.
Spira was deported from Germany to the Gorlice Ghetto in Poland from where she continued to write a series of postcards to her daughter who had emigrated to Wisconsin in 1938, until Spira perished in the holocaust.
The postcards written by Spira have been included in Stitching Histories From the Holocaust, an exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee and used as examples of the experience of a specific individual experiencing the Holocaust in a course taught at the University of Wisconsin.
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- Amos Bitzan (Spring 2018). "HISTORY 224 / JEWISH STUDIES 231, The Holocaust" (PDF). University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
- Bitzan, Amos (Fall 2016). "Postcards from Europe's Edge: Centerpiece of Holocaust History Course" (PDF). Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies Newsletter. 17 (2): 4–5. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
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