Halina Birenbaum

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Halina Birenbaum (Warsaw, 15 September 1929) is a Holocaust survivor, writer, poet, translator and activist.

Born in Warsaw, Birenbaum spent her childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto and later on in German concentration camps: Majdanek, Auschwitz (Oświęcim), Ravensbrück and Neustadt-Glewe, from which she was liberated in 1945. In 1947, she emigrated to Israel, where she started a family. In March 2001 she was awarded a title of Person of Unity 2001 by Polish Rada Chrzescijan i Żydów.



  • Hope is the last to die (Nadzieja umiera ostatnia), 1967. Translated into English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Hebrew
  • Return to ancestors' land (Powrót do ziemi praojców), 1991
  • Scream for remembrance (Wołanie o pamięć)


  • Even when I laugh (Nawet gdy się śmieję)
  • Not about flowers (Nie o Kwiatach)
  • How in words (Jak można w słowach)

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