Bronia Brandman was silent for 50 years. One summer day on the subway, a stranger noticed the numbers tattooed on her arm from Auschwitz. He walked up to her and said, "So you mean this really happened?"
"I usually wore long sleeves while at work teaching. I didn't want anyone asking questions about the numbers tattooed on my arm." Brandman explained. "Occasionally I wore short sleeves on the subway. Sometimes, people would notice and avert their eyes. This man who approached me, he lived in an apartment complex where someone kept saying the Holocaust never happened. That aroused me and I told him my story, on the subway. I told a perfect stranger what I had never told the people closest in the world to me about my life. I felt secure, the encounter was accidental and I knew I would never see him again.
"He was very grateful, because he was being convinced that the Holocaust never happened."
|Carol Bierman of Wesley Hills co-authored "The Girl Who Survived," with Bronia Brandman.|