Dana Szeflan was born in Warsaw, Poland, on May 13, 1938, into a cultured and distinguished family. But when the war started a year later, her life as she knew it came to an end. In search for a safe place to live, the family left Warsaw, only to witness bombs falling, houses in flames, and people dying all around.
Arriving in Russian-occupied Bialystok, the Szeflans were deemed traitors and shipped to a labour camp when Dana’s father refused to become a Russian citizen. In the camp, people were infested with lice, deathly ill, depressed, and starving.