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Judy Meisel was born in Lithuania to Mina and Osser Beker, and survived the Holocaust in the Kovno ghetto and eventually the Stutthoff Concentration Camp where her mother was murdered in the gas chamber. She and her sister, Rachel, escaped during a death march in 1945 as the Russians were advancing towards the Camp. She was 16 years old when she was liberated in Denmark.

More than 75 years later, Judy provided key witness testimony in recent German indictments and trials of SS guards from Stutthoff.

Judy’s grandson Ben Cohen made the tribute video below for the Museum’s 2021 Annual Gathering of Remembrance.


Judy died on November 3, 2020. Learn more about her amazing story of survival at