Franka Charlupski was born in Łódź, Poland. After the Germans invaded Poland, Franka and her family were moved into the Łódź Ghetto where they did forced labor. In August1944 the family was deported to Auschwitz. From there Franka and her sister were sent to Bremen and then to Bergen-Belsen where they were liberated. After the war, Franka met and married her second husband and moved to the United States.
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