Dana Schwartz


Dana was four years old when Nazi Germany invaded Lviv, the USSR, former Lwow, Poland. The only child to university-educated parents, Dana remembers spending a day in the park with her nanny on the day the Germans invaded.  In November 1941, after four months of German occupation, a ghetto was set up in the former Jewish district of the city and the Jewish population from the city districts was forced into this restricted housing area, which was very crowded and had poor sanitation conditions. The family was in the ghetto until the first deportations began in April 1942, which forced the family of three to hide throughout the ghetto. Dana’s father was able to secure a way for Dana and her mother to escape the Ghetto.

During the rest of the Holocaust, Dana’s mother secured and organized hiding places, extra food, and protection for the two of them. After the end of the war, Dana and her mother returned to Lwow to learn that Dana’s father had perished during the Holocaust.  Dana’s parents had an old friend who was living in Los Angeles, and after a few years, her mother was able to arrange the proper documentation for the two of them to move to Los Angeles.  In Los Angeles, Dana studied to become a teacher and therapist and became active in documenting and interviewing Holocaust Survivors, understanding the importance of preserving memory for future generations.  She has been an active community member for decades and continues to share her narrative with students and adults.

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