Dina Babbitt


Illustration by Sasha Seraia


A group of 150 Palo Alto High School students assisted a local Holocaust survivor named Dina Babbitt recover paintings illegally housed in the Auschwitz Museum against her direct wishes.  


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has accepted Mrs. Babbitt's last testimony from the owner of this website.  However, I have had some trouble linking to it from these pages.To see it, type the following into a search engine:


 Dina Babbitt David Rapaport 


Or, cut and paste this link into a new browser 




A recent article in Ha'aretz published on July 15, 2022 features the book "Justice for Dina" and comments from David Rapaport about his friend's struggle, asking the question, "If we can know Anne Frank's story, not by touching the original leaves of her diary, but by the reproductions countlessly printed in so many languages, can't the original leaves that belong to Dina Babbitt be returned to her and reproductions used to tell her story, a story that is so important to remember, not for the mistreatment of Dina after the war by Museum insensitivity, but for her courage, as a 19 year old to stand up to Dr. Mengele and barter her life and that of her mother under unspeakable conditions.  Her case has taken an important turn in mid 2022.




Dina Babbitt David Rapaport Haaretz





Animated Film "The Last Outrage"

Questions Viewers of This Site Might Wish To Consider

  • What is the function of the Auschwitz Museum? Are they claiming legal ownership of the Holocaust? 
  • Will the museum produce the receipt for their "purchase" of paintings they allege are perfectly legal to own?  Does a robber own the items they steal?  
  • Is it legal for those knowledgeable of a murder to (1) sell property confiscated during the commission of that murder (2) and particularly sell those objects to which an owner may be identified?
  • Is it legal to buy such items as the Auschwitz museum admits it did?
  • What kinds of questions does DIna Babbitt's situation raise for you?
  • What makes the Director of the Auschwitz Museum the referee of the Holocaust?

Cut and Paste the link below for a short film on Mrs. Babbitt's story.  This link in no way is meant to replace viewing the detailed interview linked elsewhere on this page.