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Schoschana Rabinovici

Author of Thanks to My Mother

Includes the names: Shoschana Rabinovici, Shoshanah Rabinovici, Shoshanah Rabinovits

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Shoshana Rabinovici was born Suzanne-Lucienne Weksler to a Jewish family living in Paris. As a small child, she moved with her ​​parents to their hometown of Vilnius (Vilna) Lithuania, which fell under Soviet rule and then was invaded by Germany in World War II. Her father Natan Weksler was arrested in July 1941 and killed soon afterwards along with 5,000 other Jews. The rest of the family was forced into the Vilnius Ghetto. The Ghetto was liquidated by the Nazis in 1943. Suzanne, age 11, and her mother Rivka survived and were sent to the Kaiserwald concentration camp in Riga and then to the Stutthof concentration camp in Danzig. Her mother helped her to survive by disguising her as an adult to fool the camp guards, finding extra food to add to their scarce rations, and giving her the will to endure. In February 1945, mother and daughter were taken on an death march from the camp but survived to be liberated by the Red Army in Tauentzin a month later. They recovered slowly and emigrated to Israel in 1950. She married David Rabinovici, a survivor from Romania, with whom she had two sons, and took the Hebrew name Shoshana. She worked as a physiotherapist. In 1964, the family moved to Vienna, Austria. Her memoir Thanks to My Mother was published in 1994. In 2013, she participated in the Holocaust eyewitness production The Last Witness at the Vienna Burgtheater, produced by her son Doron Rabinovici.
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