Understanding this story
Sara Spira’s family was originally from Leipzig, but they moved to New York City and then Racine, WI after coming to the United States during the late 1930s. Unfortunately, Sara Spira did not move to the United States with her daughter and new son-in-law. Being a Jew, she was deported to the Generalgouvernment sometime in 1938, before Kristallnacht. She lived in Gorlice and wrote to her daughter in America. From the postage used to the limited descriptions she describes in her letters, even seemingly insignificant nuances in her letters helped guide research into her life in the Krakau Ghetto. In the pages to come, we will explore the different conditions that led to this deportation and what her life may have been like for her and other German Jews in her situation.