ABOVE: Helen Garfinkel, center in white coat, is pictured with the theater performers at Displacement Camp in Ainring, Germany.
Ms. Garfinkel was liberated from Allach concentration camp on April 29th, 1945 by the United States Military. After recuperating in a hospital for three months, Ms. Garfinkel was transferred to DP Camp until 1949.
She joined the Theater Troupe and her performances earned her chocolate and cigarettes useful for bartering for needed goods.
While at DP Camp she met Joe Greenspun, a Holocaust survivor from the Ukraine. Helen Garfinkel Greenspun says “Hitler was their matchmaker” as the couple later reconnected in the United States and were married in Detroit in 1951.
Mr. and Mrs. Greenspun moved to Orlando in 1973 with their daughters, Pauline and Rita.
Mrs. Greenspun has volunteered with the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center of Florida since 1981. Orlando Magazine recognized her as a “Good Neighbor Who Gives From the Heart” for her contribution to the Orlando community.
ABOVE: Photo of Holocaust survivor Helen Garfinkel, third row, third from left, with the Theater Troupe at Displacement Camp (DP) in Ainring, Germany. The photo is from a “Fiddler on the Roof” troupe performance.
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