The First
Transport to Auschwitz


“The measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls.” 

                                      —Michelle Obama

The Trailer

  “No one survived 3 years in Auschwitz.” German reparation rep     

The untold story of the First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz and 999 young Jewish women sent to Auschwitz as slave labor to the Nazis. The camp was empty when they arrived. Unearthing the political intrigue and treachery that sent their mothers to Auschwitz, three families return to their homeland to discover the truth behind the First Women in Auschwitz and meet one of the last living survivors of the First Transport.  


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About the Film

The Film

 On March 26, 1942, a train took 999 unmarried, young Jewish women to Auschwitz. This documentary reveals the hidden story about how they were sold by the Slovak government for slave labor to the Nazis. Who were these young women? Why were they chosen? How did a handful survive over three years in the death camps? Retracing their mothers’ journeys on that fateful transport, three families join one of the last living survivors, 93-year-old Edith Grosman—#1970—and discover the truth behind the First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz.   

The Survivor

Edith has a message for the world that we need to heed.

Just 16 years old when she was deported to Auschwitz with her sister, Leah. Edith survived 3 years in Auschwitz. She is one of the few living survivors of the first transport and is the centerpiece to this film on the first Jewish transport and the first women in Auschwitz.

Photograph of Heather Dune, Edith and Edith's granddaughter, Naomi, on the morning of the 75th Anniversary of the First Transport. (Poprad, Slovakia)

Photo Credit Stephen Hopkins

The Families

Meet Orna Tuckman, of Melbourne, Australia; Avi and Akiva from Israel, and Sharon Newman and the Forstater family of Pennsylvania, USA as we discover the truth of about their mothers' journeys on the first transport to Auschwitz.

Contact Us

If you have information about someone you know who was on the first transport, or if you are trying to confirm someone's journey on the first transport, please contact us. If you are looking for a particular person, we need the birth year, maiden name, first name, and if possible the name of town our region.

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999 - The First Transport to Auschwitz