Rose Zar, a Holocaust Survivor Who Hid in Plain Sight

Rose Zar, a Holocaust Survivor Who Hid in Plain Sight

Credit:(Photo: Youtube capture of Rose Zar)

Writing at the New York Times, Melissa Eddy tells us how survivor Zar worked in the home of a Nazi commander – as well as saved the lives of Jewish orphans – and when she moved to the U.S. she shared her life story in her memoir, “In the Mouth of the Wolf.”

“He said you have to hide in the mouth of the wolf, under the officials’ nose,” Zar told the USC Shoah Foundation in 1996, “and watch that they don’t devour you.”

Although she had earned a teaching certificate before leaving home, Zar was forced to find menial jobs like cleaning the stairs in a hospital or peeling potatoes in the kitchen of the local SS headquarters in Krakow. To keep out of trouble, she learned to laugh at the crude, often anti-Semitic jokes told by the Polish women she worked with…

When an SS commander summoned her to his office for questioning, she felt certain that it was the end. She answered his queries, telling about her experience as a nurse and how she had learned to speak German fluently. Several days later, she was introduced to the commander’s wife. The encounter she had feared turned out to be a job interview. She spent the final years of the war as her father had advised, hiding in plain sight in the home of a Nazi commander as “Fräulein Wanda.”

…Decades later, she again drew on her father’s advice for the title of her memoir, “In the Mouth of the Wolf.” Written with Eric A. Kimmel and published in 1983, the book won the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Book Award and is taught in schools across the United States.

Tags: Inspiration

More From Fellowship Blog

Fellowship Blog

Technion Team Develops Medical Glue to Replace Stitches in Serious Injuries

Israeli researchers developed a nontoxic glue to put the human body back together after serious injuries both externally and internally reports the Times of Israel.

Fellowship Blog

Faces of The Fellowship: Dvora

Dvora knows all about the biblical city of Tiberias, where she has lived most of her life. Today, she’s 90 years old and still cherishes memories of her youth in this holy city.

Fellowship Blog

Filling the Vacuum

Fellowship partner Shlomi Peles of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the FSU writes to the Jerusalem Post not only to lament Rabbi Eckstein's passing, but to laud the bright future of The Fellowship.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay informed about issues affecting Israel, the Jewish people, Jewish-Christian relations, receive daily devotionals, and more.