August 1944, all Jews remaining in Lodz were sent to
Auschwitz. There, the infamous Josef Mengele selected
Lucille for a work detail, and she was sent back to
Hamburg with 500 other women to clear bomb damage.
After hard labor and internment at several more camps, Lucille was finally liberated by the British Army on April 15, 1945 in Bergen-Belsen.
The British found more than 10,000 unburied bodies there, and some 13,000 more died soon after liberation from the side-effects of long term starvation and disease.