Dr. Jadwiga Lenartowicz Rylko was a Nazi prisoner for 15 months. She endured a women's prison, three concentration camps, four slave labor camps and a death march.
She and her fellow prisoners were liberated by the U.S. 87th Infantry Division 70 years ago this week.
After the war, she came to Michigan with her husband and daughter, seeking a new life.
She found that new life, but her Polish medical credentials had been lost in the war and she was never able to practice medicine in America. Instead, she worked as a nurse's aide at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.