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91-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor To Address Y's Women Group In Westport

Judith Altmann, a 91-year old Holocaust survivor, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Y’s Women on Sept. 26 at Temple Israel on Coleytown Road in Westport.
Judith Altmann, a 91-year old Holocaust survivor, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Y’s Women on Sept. 26 at Temple Israel on Coleytown Road in Westport. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. — Judith Altmann, a 91-year old Holocaust survivor, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Y’s Women on Monday, Sept. 26, at Temple Israel on Coleytown Road in Westport.

The meeting will begin at 10:45 a.m. with coffee and conversation, followed by the program at 11:30 a.m.

Born in Czechoslovakia, Altmann said her life was “fantastic” until edicts and restrictions were imposed on Jews in 1939.

“I certainly have all the reasons in the world to hate, but hate destroys you, not them," she says. "Use your energy for good things and for better things.”

Life forever changed when she, her parents and 25 relatives were sent in cattle cars to Auschwitz.

Separated from her family, she built bunkers and roads in Auschwitz and worked in a munitions factory in Essen before being led on a march to Bergen- Belsen.

A survivor, she was liberated in May 1945 and moved to Sweden, where she went to school and became a technical writer and designer.

In 1948, she moved to the United States and after marrying and working in New York City, she and her husband moved to Stamford and raised two sons.

The Y’s Women, founded in 1992, serves active and involved working and retired women in Fairfield County, and has a membership of more than 400 members.

To learn more, visit the website at www.yswomen.org . The Y’s Women welcomes new members. For membership info, contact Doris Levinson at drjlevinson@gmail.com.

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