Letters to Sala

Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center

Letters to Sala: A Young Woman's Life in Nazi Labor Camps

Continuing our study from Elie Weisel's Night, we can see another first hand view of the Holocaust.

Sala Garncarz was 16 years old in 1940, when she was sent from home to Geppersdorf, a German forced labor camp where Jewish men were building the autobahn and women worked in the laundry and kitchen. During her 5 years of internment, which took her to seven different camps in Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, Garncarz received more than 300 letters that were mailed or smuggled to her by friends and family on the outside or in camps themselves. Remarkably, she preserved these letters during her internment and continued to hide them for nearly five decades following her liberation and subsequent marriage to an American G.I., Sidney Kirschner.

Letters to Sala

Monday, July 29th 2013 at 10:30am

Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Avenue, Johnstown, 15906

The actual entrance to the parking lot is located at the intersection of Seventh & Broad Streets (Broad Street is also known as Rt. 56)

10:30 am Meet at entrance to Heritage Discovery Center

11:00 am Guided tour

12:00 pm Lunch at The Galliker's Cafe in the Center through the James V. Saly Courtyard

1:00 pm Discussion and poetry activity


There is no cost for the tour and Center. Bring money for lunch.

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