April 15, 1944
Oswiecim, Małopolskie, Poland (Auschwitz Death Camp)
11-year-old Liliane Gerenstein is put to death
French-born Liliane was among a large group of children living in a children’s home designed to hide their Jewish heritage. On April 6, gestapo raided the home taking 44 children and 7 supervisors. They were taken to Auschwitz where 42 of the children and 5 of the adults were gassed, including Liliane.
Shortly before her death, Liliane wrote a letter to God. Translated from French, it reads:
“God? How good You are, and how kind, and if we had to count all You have bestowed upon us that is good and kind, our counting would be without end…
“God? It is You who command. It is You who are justice. It is You who reward the good and punish the evil.
“God? I can therefore say that I will never forsake You. I will always be mindful of You, even to the last moments of my life. You can be absolutely certain of that. For me, You are something beyond words, so good are You. You may believe me.
“God? It is thanks to You that I enjoyed a wonderful life before, that I was spoiled, that I had lovely things, things that others do not have. PARENTS, MY POOR PARENTS, PROTECT THEM (even more than myself) SO THAT I MAY SEE THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. HAVE THEM COME BACK ONE MORE TIME. Oh! I can say that I have had such a good mother, and such a good father! I have such faith in You that I thank You in advance.”
Liliane’s father was able to survive the war. Her brother Maurice was killed the same day as Liliane and their mother Chendlia was killed at Auschwitz in 1943.