On Friday, 11 May, our students had the privilege to host Halina Birenbaum – a Holocaust survivor, writer, poet, translator, and activist. During the meeting, Mrs Birenbaum delivered a speech which moved us all.
Halina Birenbaum was born in Warsaw in 1929. She spent her childhood in the city’s Jewish Ghetto and was later a prisoner of Nazi German concentration camps of Majdanek (from May to July 1943), Auschwitz, Ravensbrück and Neustadt-Glewe. In 1947, she immigrated to Israel.
Halina Birenbaum is a Polish-Israeli poet and writer. Her books and volumes of poetry are inspired by her war-time experience. The most popular of her books, “Nadzieja umiera ostatnia” (“Hope is the last to die”), has been translated into English, German, French, Japanese, and Hebrew.
In 2001, Halina Birenbaum was named A Person of Reconciliation by the Polish Council of Christians and Jews. She was honored by the city of Warsaw with the Medal of Merit. She is a member of the Polish Writers’ Association and the International Auschwitz Council.