Survivor STORY

Faye Brystowska Frederick was a teenager in 1939, when the Germans occupied her hometown of Lodz. She and her family were confined to the ghetto until 1943, when they were deported to Auschwitz.

In Auschwitz, Faye was forced to work at an acdjacent ammunitions factory. As the Allies moved eastward, she and her sister were made tojoin a death march to the Bergen-Belsen camp. A typhus epidemic killed thousands there in the final days of the war. Her sister died in her arms two days after the camp was liberated by British forces on April 15, 1945.

After liberation, Faye was taken to Sweden to recuperate. There she met her future husand, Bernard Frederick, also a survivor. Bernard, Faye, and Bernard's daughter, Irene, who had survived as a hidden child, emigrated to the United States in 1950, and resettled in Detroit.

Ten years later, the Fredericks moved to Atlanta, where they owned and operated two grocery stores on the south side of the city.

Faye was an active member of the Jewish community. She passed away in 2003 at the age of 80.

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