LESSONS FROM MITCH
dir. Klaudia Siczek, USA / Poland, 2022, 10 min
A Holocaust survivor finds solace and intellectual stimulation in a lifelong passion... Mitch biography: Mitchell Winthrop was born Mietek Weintraub in Lodz, Poland, in November 1926. His grandfather owned a textile factory. After the Germans occupied Lodz, Mitchell was moved into the ghetto where he worked as a carpenter and in an electrical plant. Mitchell remained in the ghetto until it was finally closed, and the surviving Jews were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in August 1944. The US Army liberated Mitchell at Mauthausen, and afterward, he lived in a DP camp in Germany. He came to the US in 1948, first to New York City, and then to Chicago. In Chicago he earned degrees from Wright Junior College and Roosevelt University. He later taught classes at Purdue University and in the Chicago Public Schools, and worked as a translator in the courts.