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Marcelle Burakowski with her eight-year-old twin sisters, Berthe and Jenny

Marcelle Bock (born Marcelle Burakowski) was born in 1931. She was the oldest of three girls. She had twin sisters, two years younger than herself, named Berthe and Jenny. Her father worked as a tailor of men's overcoats.

Marcelle is ten years old in this photograph. Her sisters are eight years old. 

Marcelle, her mother, and sisters were arrested during the roundup of July 16-17, 1942, and taken to the Vélodrome d'Hiver in Paris, France. Marcelle managed to escape during transit from the complex. She would survive by hiding with two different Christian families outside of Paris.

Her mother and sisters were deported to Auschwitz, where they perished. Her father was arrested two years later and deported on June 1, 1944, to Auschwitz where he also perished.


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  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Marcelle Burakowski Bock
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Ten-year-old Marcelle Burakowski Bock with her eight-year-old twin sisters, Berthe and Jenny.