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Leah Holding Her Child

Leah holds her child Berele. During deportation from the Czestochowa ghetto the Sher women had a last minute decision to make: Who would hold Berele? If Leah would have given her child to her mother to hold, her own chances of being chosen for work would have improved. Her mother's chances would then have been nil. The younger sisters were afraid for the mother. It was decided to let the mother go with the younger sisters and Leah would take Berele. As it happened none were chosen for work and all perished. Afterwards, it was suggested that if the mother had taken Berele, maybe Leah would have survived.

Photo Credit: Joseph Sher

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