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November 12, 2016

Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone is still alive and still speaking out

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 6:36 am

Today, you can read the latest news about 92-year-old Holocaust Survivor Renee Firestone at

I wrote about Renee Firestone in this previous blog post:

The following quote is from the news article, cited above:

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[Renee Firestone] was two weeks past her 20th birthday when she was hurled into the confined train to Auschwitz in April 1944. Along with her, her father, a textile businessman, her mother, a housewife and her younger sister had been taken from their home in Czechoslovakia. Her brother had already been separated from her family and placed in [several] Hungarian labor camps.

Forced over the Polish border then escorted by Germans on train, it was uncertain as to what their future held.

“This old woman who was sitting at the edge of the cattle car ripped open her coat lining, reached in and removed a gold locket and started to cry, bitterly,” Firestone said in interview with Si Frumkin.

“I thought maybe that was her wedding picture in the locket, her family or grandchildren whom she left behind. . . I thought to myself, how cruel that they wouldn’t let her keep this little memoir and then she closed the locket and through the cracks of the cattle car handed it to the Nazis.”

The trip lasted three days without food or water with only a bucket for hundreds to share for bodily waste.

Nazis banged on the walls during the night, yelling at us to give up any valuables we possessed or we would be shot, Firestone recalls. This was followed by screaming and gunshots outside the train.

After arriving at camp, she was immediately separated from her parents but managed to keep her sister by her side.

The Nazis, described as young, handsome and smiling, led the women into an underground dressing rooms where they were forced to undress and stand naked from mid-afternoon to midnight.

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  1. Linda Brown…..How does it feel to have a friend who is a bold face liar?

    One Jew who gets it….
    “Most of the memoirs and reports of Holocaust survivors are full of preposterous verbosity, graphomanic exaggeration, dramatic effects, overestimated self-inflation, dilettante philosophizing, would-be lyricism, unchecked rumors, bias, partisan attacks…” –Samuel Gringauz, “Jewish Social Studies” (New York), January 1950, Vol. 12, p6.


    Comment by Jim Rizoli — April 24, 2017 @ 1:14 pm

  2. Renee and her husband, Bernard and her daughter, Clara, were friends of my family. Renee and her family attended my wedding in 1959. Renee attended in a emerald green dress and had her hair dyed to match, as she was a very famous designer. I also modeled her own designer fashions in the fashion district in downtown Los Angeles. I would like to get in touch with Renee if possible and re-connect our friendship. Don’t know where she is, other than in Los Angeles.

    Comment by Linda Brown — April 24, 2017 @ 9:52 am

  3. I’d like to get in touch with Mrs Firestone please. She spoke at our middle school a few years back and we’d love to have her speak to our 8th graders. Can you please pass along my email and ask her to contact me? Thanks Chip

    Comment by Chip O'Neil — January 26, 2017 @ 8:19 am

  4. OK….so she had to take a shower….such a horrible fate.
    If she only knew that what those big bad Nazis did actually saved her life.


    Comment by Jim Rizoli — November 12, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

    • And she was only in Auschwitz for 9 months before finally finishing up living in Beverley Hills, California, at the grand old age of 92. Oh, the horror and sadness of it all !

      To think, she even had to stand naked before the evil Doctor Mengele, as he looked inside her mouth to check her tonsils.

      Comment by Talbot — November 12, 2016 @ 3:44 pm

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