The Lucky Survivor

Holocaust survivor shares memories

Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin holds photograph of her family taken before the war.

by Ann Duble

Standard Editor

May 13, 2004

Mounds of bodies. One hole for a toilet and another for graves. Every body cavity searched for gems. These are some of Nesse Godin’s memories as a survivor of the World War II Holocaust.

The 75-year-old Godin talked about her experiences surviving a concentration camp, ghetto, four labor camps and a death march at the Days of Remembrance program April 4 at the Post Chapel.


Godin was only 16 years old in 1944, when she and others were put on a cattle car to an unknown destination. They ended up at Stutthof Concentration Camp where they were told to strip and take a shower. It really was a water shower and not poison gas. “We were lucky,” she noted sadly. The women and girls stood naked for hours, then were searched in every cavity of their bodies for “gems.”