“My legacy as a child survivor of Auschwitz and a researcher of war survivors of World War 2 has revealed the most important gifts of wisdom, of reconciliation, and empathy, instead of hate.”
Hanna Ulatowska (born on March 14, 1933 in Krynica) lived with her family in Warsaw before the war. After the Warsaw Uprising, on August 12th, 1944, she was deported along with her 13-year-old brother Jerzy and mother Zofia, to the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. They remained in Birkenau until evacuation, that is until January 1945. A few days before the liberation, they managed to escape from the camp and were hidden by a family in the nearby town of Brzeszcze. They were liberated there by the Soviet army.
Hanna Ulatowska is a professor of neurolinguistics at the University of Texas in Dallas. Her research concerns aphasia, dementia and the advanced stage of aging, as well as collective, autobiographical and emotional memory, especially in people with war trauma. Professor Ulatowska focuses in her research work on the experiences of people who as children or adults, were prisoners of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.