Born in Poland, Weiner was only 12 when she was separated from her parents and seven siblings in 1942. Her family was taken to Treblinka camp, never to return, while Weiner was shuttled from Majdanek to Auschwitz and then to Bergen-Belsen. She survived the Holocaust to become a pioneering marathoner, earning the first women’s master’s title in 1975 at age 44 at the Boston Marathon.
To learn more about Sylvia’s story or other survivor stories, visit the USC Shoah Foundation database available exclusively at at the NSU Alvin Sherman Library. Click on the Shoah Foundation image for our library guide to Holocaust studies.