Holocaust Survivor: Ursula Levy

Ursula Levy was born on May 11th, 1935 in Germany.  She was an American author, child psychologist, and holocaust survivor. After her father and uncle died in 1939, she and her brother George were sent to a children’s home in the Netherlands.  Since the children were Jewish, if the Nazi government found out, they would have been killed. They were baptized as catholic and a leader at the home told the government that they had one American parent.  This could have been the reason the children weren’t taken away.

In May 1940, the Nazi government invaded the Netherlands.  The Nazis found the convent’s records and took the children.  The children avoided Auschwitz and instead went to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. In 1945, she and her brother were on a train for 13 days and were liberated with the Soviet soldiers.  In 1947, Ursula and George were sent to the United States to live with their family.  

Ursula earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing along with a teaching certificate.  This allowed her to go be a school nurse.  She went on to earn her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing.  She wrote many books and articles about her time as a psychologist and about her time in the holocaust.  There is not much known about Levy nowadays but rumors say she lives in Chicago.  There are other rumors that she passed away in August 2019.