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Lea Slomovic Naft and Sara Slomovic Seidner

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Nashville, Tennessee
Born: 1927 Kolockawa, Czechoslovakia
Survivors : Sekernice ghetto; Stutthof Slave Labor Camp; Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Lea and her sister Sara Slomovic grew up in a small town in Czechoslovakia’s Carpathian mountains. There were only 50–60 families, mostly Christians. Due to their self-sufficiency as a farm family, the Slomovic family kept to themselves during the first years of Nazi domination. In 1941, they were put under house arrest, made to wear yellow stars, and no longer allowed in the streets. Officials ordered every family out for questioning, then released them after 24 hours. They heard rumors about people being taken to ghettos, and one day even saw a line of Jews marching through from another town. The soldiers came for them at the end of 1942, Lea recalls, “they said get your belongings, you have to go.”