Ettie Steinberg, a young Jewish women, is the only known victim of the Holocaust from Ireland. Her story is tragic and is very similar to the 1.6 million other tales of death and destruction the Jews of that turbulent time had to persevere through.
Steinberg was one of seven children born to Czechoslovakian parents, Aaron Hirsch Steinberg and Bertha Roth. She was born on the 11th of January 1914 in a small town in the former Czechoslovakia, however during the 1920s, she and her family moved to Dublin where she livedon 28, Raymond Terrace,off South Circular Road in Dublin. She attended St. Catherine’s School on Donore Avenue and later became an apprentice to one of the top seamstresses in Ireland. Her sister Fanny Frankel of Toronto, recalled that Ettie was very creative and had “golden hands” . On the 22nd of July 1937, Steinberg married a Belgian man by the name of Vogtjeck Gluck in the Greenville Hall Synagogue on the South Circular Road in Dublin. After her marriage, she moved to Antwerp with her new husband in order for him to run his business.
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After various attacks by the Nazis on the Low Countries, the couple decided to move to Paris, France. Their son was born there on the 28 March 1939. They later moved south where the family settled in Toulouse. Shortly after in 1942, the Glucks realised that they were in grave danger and because of this they went to Ettie’s family for help. So, her family sent them visa’s for Northern Ireland, however, the visa’s were one day late. The Gluck’s were captured and deported by Nazis to Auschwitz on September 2nd at 8.55am. During the journey to Auschwitz, Ettie wrote a final postcard to her family in Ireland and managed to throw it out of the train window. Surprisingly, someone found it and sent it on. The postcard found her family and and was coded, it read: “Uncle Lechem, we did not find, but we found Uncle Tisha B’av“. Steinberg’s family understood her tragic message very well and they tried desperately to find out what had become of their daughter, writing to the Red Cross and even the Vatican. However, it was not good news as once Ettie and her son arrived in Auschwitz they were likely killed and her family never saw them again.