On October 13th, Lighthouse Trails author (and friend) and Holocaust survivor Anita Dittman passed into glory. She was 93 years old.
Anita was twelve years old in 1939, living in Germany with her sister and Jewish mother. Her Aryan father had by then abandoned them to avoid the cost of being married to a Jew. Anita’s mother was able to get the oldest daughter out of the country on a visa, but before her and Anita’s visas arrived, the borders were closed, and they were trapped in Hitler’s hell.
Anita had become a born-again believer in Jesus Christ as a young girl. Before the war ended, both Anita and her mother were sent to Hitler’s camps where they miraculously survived. After the war, Anita and her mother moved to the United States. For many years (until just a few years ago), Anita spoke to schools and other groups about her experience.
Anita received the Heroine of the Faith Crown of Life Award and is featured in a documentary film. She and radio host Jan Markell write about Anita’s experience in Trapped in Hitler’s Hell. The book was first published in 1980 by Tyndale. Lighthouse Trails became its publisher in 2005.
Below is a 10-minute clip of a video where Anita gives her testimony (from a DVD that Lighthouse Trails has carried for several years). We at Lighthouse Trails, along with many others, will miss Anita, but we know she is now safe in the hands of the Lord.