Maryisa Brooks

Lvov, Poland

Marysia Brooks neé Kamsler (1924-2013) was married in Melbourne after escaping the horrors of post war Europe. Through an act of will and an amazing insight, she turned her life from the terror of the Holocaust to happiness. Her secret diary began post war and concluded by celebrating her great love for "a husband with a golden heart." Marysia, known as Mimi by her family, was born in Krakow, Poland to Leon and Elly Kamsler (neé Stiansy) Her mother was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1891and her father's family was from Poland. In the early 1920's her sister Emilia died at age two. Marysia was a much loved child and extremely close to her parents. She survived Auschwitz to live out her full life with her husband Leon, two daughters Elly and Lorraine and three grandsons, Michael, Daniel and Joshua.

Krakow, Poland