In this photograph, Lotte holds her concentration camp mugshot, taken in Auschwitz,
20 June 1942. Her prison number, 2065, is tattooed on her arm.
Photograph by Katherine Griffiths
In honour of this year’s International Women’s Day, it is our great privilege to be able to pay tribute to dear Lotte Weiss z”l, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 97. A survivor of Auschwitz, Lotte, a true woman of valour, was an incredibly important figure and inspiration to so many in both the Wellington (NZ) and Sydney Jewish communities, and we were privileged to be able to share her incredible life story as part of a Zikaron Basalon session we hosted in partnership with Shalom on the eve of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) in 2020.
Linked below is ‘My Two Lives’, a greatly moving short film directed and produced by Sarita Gold / AD Media (with support from the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies), which provides a brief glimpse into Lotte’s remarkable story of survival and resilience. The film also features inspirational artwork by Thea Weiss (Lotte’s daughter-in-law), created in response to Lotte’s story and testimony.
We warmly invite you to click on the link below and watch the film to learn more about and salute this remarkable woman, and to learn more about Thea and Sarita’s work.
We wish the whole Weiss family long life at this time – may Lotte’s inspirational life, story and memory be a blessing to us all.