Carol Wilner was born Karolina Hauptman in Boryslaw, Poland on March 7, 1941. She lived in hiding throughout the duration of the war until Boryslaw was liberated by the Soviet army. She spent three years in Sedan-Kaserne (1946-49), a displaced persons camp in Ulm, Germany. Three members of her extended family survived and over 30 did not. Carol Wilner came to St. Louis in 1978 and now lives in Columbia, Maryland where she is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical.
Location: Boryslaw • Columbia • Germany • Maryland • Missouri • New York • Poland • St. Louis • Ulm • United States of America • Waldenburg • Washington D.C.
Experience During Holocaust: Family or Person in Hiding • Family Survived • Helped by the Red Cross • Liberated • Lived in a Displaced Persons camp • Sent to Ghetto • Was a Child During the Holocaust
Mapping Carol's Life
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“[My father] was immersed in fear, and he drowned in it. You could smell it on him. You could see it on him. I don’t even know why he lived. I mean, he could have killed himself, he could have committed suicide. Some of our friends did. But he didn’t, and I don’t know why.” - Carol Wilner