PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp who was the wife of the founder of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and a passionate advocate of Holocaust remembrance has died. Rosalie Chris Lerman was 90.
Daughter Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer said her mother passed away Thursday of natural causes.
Born Rosalia Laks in 1926 and sent to Auschwitz as a teenager, she survived the camp and later came to New York with her husband, Miles Lerman. They had a chicken farm in Vineland, New Jersey, and a home heating oil distributorship.
Miles Lerman was the founder and chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and she lectured widely on the subject.
Lerman-Neubauer said her mother may have grown up "in a time of great convulsions," but the next 70 years "were filled with all the wonderful things one would hope to do in life."