Sally Wasserman

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“If I inspire even one young person, it is worth it, as I have not only a legacy, but a duty to tell the story for those who did not live to tell or are now gone.”


Sally Wasserman was born in Katowice, Poland in 1935. At the start of the war, her family moved to Dombrowa, her father’s hometown. Soon after he was taken away never to return. Sally, her mother and brother were sent to the Dombrowa ghetto. When the ghetto was liquidated, Sally’s mother hid her with an elderly Polish couple until liberation. Her mother and brother were murdered in Auschwitz. Sally’s mother wrote in a letter to her sister in Canada in 1943 - “I thank G-d for Mr. Turkin - he will save my child’s life. I see the Angel of death before me. I don’t believe even a miracle can help us now…. We do not have a way out.” Sally was 11 years old when she left Poland for the Bergen Belsen DP camp in Germany. Her mother’s sister brought her to Canada in 1947. She and her husband have two children and two grandchildren.