Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, Lotte Weiss was deported to Auschwitz in March 1942 and spent a gruelling 38 months in the horrors of the concentration camps, ending with her liberation at Theresienstadt in May 1945.
Lotte describes her survival and its implications as follows:
"Even after 56 years of my liberation from Hell - Auschwitz and four other camps - I still consider it a miracle that I got out alive. I lost my whole family - my loving mother, father, and three beautiful sisters and two wonderful brothers. I think about them every day. I want to tell the world what they and six million other Jews suffered. Their crime - being born Jewish. It is the role of us, the volunteer Survivors, to speak for those innocent men, women and children. It is my privilege and obligation to humanity to be an eye-witness for as long as I can. I see it as a mission to tell the children - our future - the truth about racism and hatred of people who are 'different'."
Today, she lives in Sydney surrounded by her devoted family (her two sons and their wives, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter) and continues to volunteer her time every week at the Sydney Jewish Museum, where since 1992, Lotte can be found telling her story to the visitors who gather around her each week to hear her unique story of survival. She is one of 90 inspiring volunteer guides devoted to sharing their experiences and knowledge in order to fulfil the invaluable role of the Museum.