BRANDEL--Danka Kornreich. Holocaust Survivor, Danka Kornreich Brandel, passed away on 21 November 2012. She was 90 years old. Mrs. Brandel and her sister were on the first two mass transports of Jews to Auschwitz and survived over three years in the camps. Her sister Rena, chronicled their ordeal in the best-selling memoir, Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz. Mrs. Brandel was the recipient of the promise - to survive Auschwitz together. Their story was nominated for a National Book Award, and is the only published memoir of the first transport of women to Auschwitz. Mrs. Brandel was born in Tylicz, Poland, on June 7, 1922. She married Eli Brandel--also a Holocaust Survivor--in 1948. They emigrated to the United States from Holland where they raised their two children. Mr. Eli Brandel predeceased his wife of 53 years. She is survived by her daughter, Sara; her son, Norman, and five grandchildren. In honor of the sisters' legacy The Rena's Promise Foundation was created in hopes of creating a world free of prejudice, racism and hatred. Tributes can be made at www.renaspromise.com, the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, or The Alzheimer's Foundation.
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Published in The New York Times on Nov. 25, 2012