50 years later, a world of Holocaust memories is exposed

For most Holocaust survivors, coping with life after the war meant forgetting the past, placing the memories of lost people and places in a metaphorical box and leaving it shut.

This was what Sala Garncarz did. After five years in seven different labor camps and losing her parents and much of her family to Auschwitz, she too shut those traumatic years away in a box. Except, in her case, the box was a real one, a red-and-white “Spill and Spell” box that once contained a children’s game and into which she stuffed every piece of paper that passed through her hands during the war – 300 letters, photographs, postcards and diary entries, a real-time chronicle of her Holocaust experience.