Moments before Being Gassed at Auschwitz, A Mother’s Letter

Vilma Grunwald’s haunting letter to her husband, written right before her murder.

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(22) Anthony J. Ciaccio, December 5, 2020 3:04 PM

Happy Hanukka

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(21) Anonymous, October 18, 2020 6:16 PM

It moves too fast.

Please redo the video moving slower. I need more time to look at the picture, read the caption, listen to the narrator. I felt so rushed, I couldn't even look at the picture before you moved on. I'm sure others agree.

(20) Carl Dworman, October 18, 2020 4:10 PM


So very sad!!

(19) Anonymous, October 16, 2020 3:17 PM


Painful; Sad ;Uplifting!! Expression of True Love !!

(18) Jake, October 16, 2020 5:30 AM

Revenge and hatred is proper in its correct time.

Showing hatred for Nazis and evil is proper and correct. Taking revenge against those who injured the Jewish people is also proper and correct. This is the Torah way.

(17) Mark Dempsey, February 25, 2019 12:55 PM

Vilma Grunwald's Letter Unedited

When I first watched this video it brought tears to my eyes. It is powerful writing! But, after doing some research, I learned that the letter in the video is not complete. There is an omission from the original translation.This is the full quote from the letter, which I found in a video on the Holocaust museum's website: "I took five bromides;they made me tired but I am not excited. I am completely calm." In the Aish video, the sentence before I am completely calm has been deleted, which materially changes the letter and leaves the reader with a different impression of Vilma. Moreover, it omits important information regarding Vilma's mindset.

Why did Vilma tell her husband she had taken 5 bromides? It's probably because the standard dosage was 1 or 2. By stating 5, she is telling him that she is trying to deal with the worst possible situation. She needs something potent that will act quickly. She is trying to help herself. Her humanity and courage shine through in this sentence. She then tells her husband how they make her feel to give him peace of mind. All I see is Vilma's strength when she takes the bromides-not weakness.

No media outlet published this omitted sentence, but they should have. It offers a candid picture of Vilma that helps the reader understand what she was feeling at the time. When the sentence is omitted, the reader is left not with a candid picture of Vilma but with an idealized portrait.

Vilma's letter makes the reader see the atrocities of the Holocaust on a personal level, and all of her words should be preserved just as she wrote them. There is no published letter online that is faithful to what Vilma actually wrote, but out of respect for her, I think there should be.

(16) Anonymous, February 15, 2019 4:19 PM

Thank you

This is so.beautiful and so heartbreaking Thank you for sharing this story.Chazak

(15) Sidney Zotnick, February 11, 2019 2:42 PM

We will never forget what about our children

It is not often you read an article about the holocaust which is so real.

(14) Anonymous, February 10, 2019 9:16 PM

I am beyond moved...

...the strength, the bravery of this Jewish mother.....
She left a piece of herself for her husband and surviving son..Misa..

I wonder why this particular guard.....decided to fulfill her wishes by finding her husband....and giving him the letter..
Was there an ounce of humanity in the heart of that particular Nazi monster?

The Holocaust should never, ever be forgotten......and it should be taught in schools...throughout the matter what the haters say....

(13) Anonymous, February 10, 2019 1:55 PM


No words

(12) Chaya malka Abramson, February 10, 2019 6:37 AM

stunning spiritual stamina

A true hero, selfless. In doing so gave them an eternal role to live, even in the threat of death. Powerful.

(11) M.J.Radosevich, February 9, 2019 11:19 PM

Inspirational despite the tragedy of the holocaust.

(10) Stan Roelker, February 8, 2019 1:23 AM

One death

A strong and moving account of one individual going to her death brought me closer to that person. She was extremely brave to join her son who would have been alone in his final minutes. This sacrifice must have been performed by many mothers.
Although an agnostic, I hope there is a "hell" to punish these evil doers.

Anonymous, February 10, 2019 3:30 AM


In the end you will find that the haters don't count at all . All trace of them will disappear together with their evil and their arrogance.

Only sincere love and courage prevail and are everlasting.

(9) Jan Swanson, February 7, 2019 10:27 PM

God bless the Jews!

I wish the absolute best for the chosen people!

(8) Daniel, February 7, 2019 7:42 PM


The Greatest virtue and a human can attain is To be selfless with love for others.

(7) Anonymous, February 7, 2019 5:53 PM

Wow,wow, wow
A truly amazing and selfless wife and mother.
True inspiration!

(6) Clifton, February 7, 2019 5:51 PM

Astounding. Inspiring.

Wish we had more strong woman today like her. I hope I am half as courageous. It astounds me that in todays world upwards of 78% of Jews in the US find nothing morally wrong with abortion. After reading this story, my mind boggles and asks “What happened?” Secularism is a vile decease.

Anonymous, February 9, 2019 9:25 PM

Wondering too

What did happen? I wonder too as abortion finishes the “final solution” in Israel with hundreds of Jewish children being killed at the request of their parents with the approval of the state before birth. Child sacrifice has returned to Jerusalem in our time.

(5) Anonymous, February 7, 2019 5:42 PM


Thank G-d she had this strength in her. What a legacy to leave her family.

(4) Anonymous, February 7, 2019 5:25 PM

too fast hard to read everything.

Daniel, February 7, 2019 7:39 PM


You can pause the video and also rewind it as you please.

(3) Anonymous, February 7, 2019 3:50 PM

This brought years to my eyes. A brave lady. A waste of previous lives.

This atrocity must never happen again.

(2) Christine D Evans, February 7, 2019 3:22 PM

There are no words to add or take away from the Beautiful Grace filled letter written by this Woman. Only tears to be added and bottled up, carried to Heaven in her memory.

(1) Edward Zaretsky, February 7, 2019 2:34 PM


To all those, please take the time to hear, read and understand.


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