Many of you are friends with my father, George Salton or know him from his book, The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir. We are writing to share some incredible and wonderful news about a discovery that we made just this week.
You may know that my father is a survivor of the Holocaust having been born in the small town of Tyczyn, Poland. He was to enter the 6th grade in September 1939 when the Nazis occupied Poland and his life changed forever. His name was Lucjan Saltzman(n). His family was forced to move into Rzeszow Ghetto and then his parents, Anna and Herman Salzmann, were sent in boxcars to the Belzec Extermination Camp where 600,000 Jews were gassed in just over 11 months. My father and his older brother, Manek, remained in the ghetto and worked as forced labor in a factory camp in Rzeszow. After my father was imprisoned at the camp, Manek escaped from the ghetto. Over the next few months he somehow managed to pass several notes to my father in the factory. The last note stated that dangerous activities would make it impossible for Manek to contact him again and that they should meet after the war by contacting relatives who had managed to emigrate to New York before the war.
My father was liberated on May 2, 1945 by American soldiers of the 82nd Airborne after 3 years in 10 concentration camps. He spent another 2 years in various German Displaced Persons Camps, and was
eventually able to find his relatives and emigrate to New York. He never heard from any of his family including Manek. Rumor was that Manek was killed in the forests with other young partisans fighting the Nazis.
Last Friday during an Internet search of newly digitized post war records, I came across a list of Tyczyn Jewish Survivors who remained in Poland or left for other countries after the war. Manek Salzmann, son of Herman, was on the list.
On Monday I contacted a researcher at the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum who found a copy of a separate document that showed that Manek Salzmann of Tyczyn, Poland, son of Herman, was alive in Poland as of December 17, 1946. My parents, my brothers, and I are overcome with emotion and disbelief that Manek or any family he may have later had may be alive today.
We have filed formal papers with the Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center that is part of the American Red Cross. They will coordinate a search for documents or information across the globe. We have researchers assisting us in the US Memorial Holocaust Museum and have only begun to contact the many agencies and organizations that might help us track Manek's steps after December 1946. He may have gone to Australia, Venezuela, Israel or Russia or any of the 43 countries that accepted Jewish War Refugees in 1947.
We ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers. help share our story and join in our search for Manek. We did not dare dream that this day would come, that we would find Manek's name on a list of survivors. At least we know now that he did live to see freedom and did not die at the hands of the Nazis.
Anna Salton Eisen
TO: Supporters of Holocaust and Genocide Education
George has been a devoted and tireless worker and speaker for local schools as well as in many cities around the country. This fall he will be an Honored Speaker in Holland commemorating the liberation of that country. Let us all hope and pray that he will soon find his family. If anyone has a connection to help, please try. Let's all try to help find Manek!