Miracle of Life in a Concentration Camp

by Colette Moran

Somehow I missed this article from last summer about the eight babies that were liberated from Kaufering I, a satellite concentration camp near Dachau. Miriam Rosenthal, the mother of the last child born, shared her story. The most amazing part was what happened shortly after she was first apprehended by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz.

Miriam Rosenthal was four-months pregnant, starving, bone-tired, cold, filthy and afraid when an SS officer in big black boots and a crisp uniform appeared before the barracks in Auschwitz with a loudspeaker in hand.

All pregnant women line up, he barked. Line up, line up — your food portions are being doubled.

“Can you imagine?” Miriam asks. “Even women who were not pregnant stepped forward. I was standing with my younger cousin, but I wouldn’t go. She says, ‘Miriam, what are you doing?’ ”

“Something was holding me back. Someone was watching over me. I feel maybe my mother, maybe God. Two hundred women stepped forward and 200 women went to the gas chamber. And I don’t know why I didn’t step forward.

“I have asked rabbis. I have asked some big people and no one can give me an answer. If you believe in God, then God did it. If you believe it was my parents, then it was my parents, which is what I believe.

“They were such good people, generous, kind. And maybe for their sake, maybe that’s why I didn’t step forward. I have asked myself this question so many times…”

But the miracle doesn’t end there. Read the rest of her incredible story — which needs to be made into a movie — here.

                                          This family photo shows Miriam and her son, Leslie, with the boy’s father, Bela, who survived a slave labor camp.