The French-born woman Arlette Andersen survived Auschwitz during World War II. Today, she is one of the few direct witnesses to one of the darkest chapters in world history - the extermination of six million Jews. Arlette Andersen is a face on the history of the Holocaust.


Arlette Andersen was born and raised in the Marais district of Paris with the surname Levy. In the summer of 1942, she and her family had to flee the persecution of Jews in Paris. In November 1943, she was arrested by the Nazis and subsequently deported to the Nazis' worst extermination camp. In Auschwitz, the 19-year-old Arlette Andersen avoided the gas chamber, so she was supposed to work herself to death. Miraculously, Arlette Andersen survived a year of captivity. In January 1945, she was sent on two death marches, which she also survived


About 75,000 French Jews were deported to Auschwitz during World War II, only 2,500 survived - Arlette Andersen was one of them.

In May 1945, she returned home to her family in Paris, and after a summer vacation in 1946, she met the love of her life in Denmark. In 1951, Arlette Andersen married Ole Andersen, moved to Denmark and became a Danish citizen.


For 25 years, from 1990 to 2015, Arlette Andersen traveled all over Denmark with a lecture on surviving Auschwitz. It was primarily young people in schools and colleges who heard her moving story. In 2015 she had to stop. Her physics and voice could no longer cope with the many lectures. The 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor has now definitely put the task of telling her personal story in the hands of journalist and photographer, Thomas Kvist Christiansen, who is the director of the film, "Arlette - a story we must never forget" and author of the book about Arlette Andersen's story, "We are here to die".


Arlette Andersen has a deep and sincere hope that her story can live on through Thomas Kvist Christiansen's lectures, films and books, and that in this way she can continue to help put the face of the story of the Holocaust.

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