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Sara Spira

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Sara Spira was a Polish-German Jewish woman who perished in the Holocaust.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Spira lived in Leipzig, Germany for some time in the early interwar period.[1]

She lived in Leipzig with her husband Max until his death in 1920.[2] While living in Leipzig, the couple's only child, a daughter named Mary, was born in 1918.[2] After her husband's death, Spira made a living operating a dry goods store.[2]

Spira left Leipzig for Gorlice, Poland sometime before the outbreak of World War II, in the mid to late 1930s.[1]

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.[3][4]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

The postcards written by Spira have been included in Stitching Histories From the Holocaust, an exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee[4] and used as examples of the experience of a specific individual experiencing the Holocaust in a course taught at the University of Wisconsin.[5][6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database -- The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names. [Internet resource]". www.ushmm.org. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Stern, Sandy. "Sandy Stern, Family History". Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  3. "'Stitching Histories from the Holocaust' returns to Jewish Museum Milwaukee, tells local stories of Holocaust". Wisconsin Gazette. April 4, 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Stitching Histories From the Holocaust". Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  5. Amos Bitzan (Spring 2018). "HISTORY 224 / JEWISH STUDIES 231, The Holocaust" (PDF). University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  6. 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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