Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Watch Live Program | "A Dangerous Blessing: Pregnancy and Motherhood in the Holocaust"


Mother's Day


Friday, May 12, Noon ET
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Facebook page



About This Program


Two months pregnant, Priska Löwenbein clung to her husband inside the railcar. In a last act of hope, they named their baby before arriving at Auschwitz. Once there, Priska managed to hide her growing belly, while Nazi officials sent other obviously pregnant women and mothers with young children directly to their deaths in the gas chambers.

During the Holocaust, pregnancy and having small children decreased the already slim chance of survival for Jewish women. Even in hiding, a child crying could threaten everyone around them.

Request a reminder to watch this special Mother's Day program featuring Hana Berger Moran, Priska's miracle baby, born just before liberation.

Dr. Lindsay MacNeill, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dr. Hana Berger Moran, Holocaust survivor and Priska Löwenbein’s daughter

Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Photo: Five Jewish mothers and their infants, all of whom were born in a concentration camp during the war, are pictured here after liberation in May 1945. National Archives


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