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Henry & Mala Dorfman

Dorfman Endowment Collection

The Dorfman Endowment was established in 2005 to support the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive and preserve the survivors’ testimonies for future generations. Henry and Mala Dorfman are both Holocaust survivors whose stories are in the Archive’s collection.

Henry Dorfman and his father survived the Holocaust by leaping from the train as their family was en route to Treblinka. After hiding in a barn, they served in a partisan unit until liberation.

Mala Weintraub Dorfman lived with her grandmother in the Kozienice ghetto until deported to work camps, first Gorzyczki, then Skarzysko, and Częstochowa. She credits Gertrude Hoffman, a German supervisor, with helping keep her alive.

After liberation, Mala met Henry in Łódź and they married in 1945. They remained in Europe for several years, establishing various businesses, before immigrating to the United States. In 1959, Henry established his business that became the Thorn Apple Valley meat company. Henry and Mala had three children, Joel, Gayle, and Carolyn.

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