By Lee Hohmann
Anita Dittman has been speaking about the Holocaust for more than three decades, telling everyone who will listen of her survival and how Jesus Christ helped her escape the trap that was ‘Hitler’s hell.”
She has reached thousands through her book, “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell,” co-authored with fellow Minnesotan Jan Markell.
And visions of that hell would come back to haunt her at night.
“For years, those dreams would not go away,” she said.
At 87, she still speaks to audiences large and small, sometimes several times a month, recounting the story of a happy, 5-year-old Jewish girl when Hitler came to power in 1933 and how life changed over the next 12-and-a-half years living under Nazi rule. She would emerge on the other side of the concentration camps as a young woman of devout Christian faith, severely scarred but full of powerful stories.
For years, she kept those stories bottled up inside. It wasn’t until she reached her early 50s that they started coming out.
“The response I get today is as enthusiastic as ever,” she said in a telephone interview from her home in Minnesota.
This week’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where 1.1 million Jews met their death, gave her cause to reflect once again on life under the Nazis.
Her message is different now, she says, much different than when she first went public in 1978 with her experience as a Holocaust survivor. Click here to continue reading.
Excerpts of Trapped in Hitler’s Hell by Anita Dittman/Jan Markell:
HOPE IN THE MIDST OF HOLOCAUST (from chapter 9 & 10)