Survivor of Nazi twin experiments brings her story to Salem

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At 14, Jona Laks waited with her two sisters to be sorted between forced labor and the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

It was 1944 and Laks remembers herself as skinny, pale and underdeveloped. She’d been incarcerated with her family in the Łódź ghetto of Poland. It’d been two years since her parents had been taken to a Nazi extermination camp.

Laks and her twin, Miriam, would endure a year of the notorious Joseph Mengele human experiments before moving to other camps in Germany. For decades since, she’s carried with her the memories of one of the worst atrocities in human history — the systematic murder of millions of Jewish people.

Read Laks’ story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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