The young blue-eyed girl - Isabelle Choko
In 1940, like all the Jews in Lodz, lzabela and her family were forced to move to the ghetto set up by the Nazis. Unable to leave, they suffered from hunger and illness; Izabela’s father did not survive. The young girl, just 11 years old, and her mother managed to escape the roundups, until the ghetto was eradicated in August 1944.
Deported to Auschwitz II-Birkenau, they were soon transferred to the Waldeslust camp and assigned to forced labor until the evacuation to Bergen-Belsen. The abominable conditions there proved too much for Izabela’s mother. The adolescent found the strength to survive by helping her fellow prisoners.
After months of convalescence, she rebuilt a new life in France, bolstered by the humanist values of her parents. She is continuing their commitment by honoring their memories and those of the millions of Jews exterminated during the Shoah.