Surviving Together tracing Ella's footsteps

"I whispered to Roma that I was afraid that I wouldn’t pass the selection, because of my bleeding back from the dog bites and the scraped knees from crawling on the gravel. Roma assured me she would follow me wherever I was sent.... When it was my turn to pass the selection, I used all of my strength left in me, and lifted my shoulders and head high and I was sent to the right; to life. And so was Roma."

Ella Blumenthal
Ella and Roma

Roma's Story

Ruchama Rachel (Roma) Rothstein, neice of Ella Blumenthal, Holocaust survivor, and author of Here There is No Why, shared her story with students at Wagner College.


Rachel's Last Return

Through special permission from Roma's son, Ram Roth, we are able to share this beautiful yet wrenching short film documenting Roma's return to her home country of Poland for the last time. Surrounded by family, she returns to Auschwitz and recounts her experiences in this touching, intimate film.


Where Life Leads You: Rachel Roth

Rachel Roth tells her riveting story of resistance and survival. This video is a part of the Where Life Leads You: Stories of Staten Island's Holocaust survivors series.