"We have been liberated!" The shout rang through Dachau as Allied soldiers marched into Elizabeth's camp. Elizabeth wrote this journal entry on the back of a candy bar wrapping.
May 5, 1945
Hello! This is the first time I have been able to write to you and tell of interesting news. Today I was granted freedom from the Nazis. It was a very weird thing, for when I awoke, the gates to the camp were left wide open. At first I thought it was some sort of trick, but then realized that many had already left camp and I soon joined. I was quite frightened, for it was a bold step to take.
I am absolutely
thrilled to have my freedom though. I have many hopes and dreams for my future,
which doesn’t look quite so bleak anymore. My faith and strength has been
restored. I wish to find my family, although I have no idea where to begin searching
for them. The person whom I especially wish to find is my sister. She was hidden
from the Nazis and hopefully spared from torture. I shall venture to every camp
known to me until I find all of them.
The time I spent in camp was nothing short of horrendous, but it taught me a life long lesson - treat others in a manner that you want to be treated.
I must go begin my search. I will journey throughout Poland and all across Europe. I will do what ever it takes. I will find my family. Wish me luck.
First image courtesy http://www.auschwitz.org.pl
Second image courtesy http://www.ushmm.org