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January 28th, 2020 | 4 min read

By Susannah Black Roberts

The only Auschwitz survivor I knew well was my friend Claire Fiala. She died about 18 months ago; she was my neighbor, and I spent a couple of winters shoveling her walk, until, in the last two years of her life, she hired a guy to do it. She spent her 16th, 17th and 18th birthdays in Auschwitz.

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Susannah Black Roberts

Susannah Black Roberts is senior editor at Plough. She is a native Manhattanite. She and her husband, the theologian Alastair Roberts, split their time between Manhattan and the West Midlands of the UK.