Below is an excerpt of the Ostrowiec youth mentioned in the book ‘HaDerech Lecherut' (The Way to Freedom) written by Joseph Zvi Halperin. [Page:27]
The Ostrovtzer youth who reached our group were sent to us by the local committee people who feared for the refugees’ lives. They arrived in two groups: The first group, five girls and a boy, arrived in the second half of May; the second group, four girls and three boys, around a month afterwards. Some of these youths belonged to Zionist youth groups before the war, mainly to Betar; others came without any Zionist motivation, at times even against their will. (From among the thirteen Ostrovtzers who came to us in Kielce, only six settled in the Land; one girl who remained in Kielce was murdered there on July 4, 1946; six girls left us along the way and settled in America.)
Tzipporah Gryntuch was ten years old when the war broke out. She grew up in a religious Zionist home. Her tinsmith father was a diligent worker who thoughtfully provided his family with a suitable livelihood. In June of 1943, Tzipporah was transferred together with her entire family to the labor camp outside of Ostrowiec. From there they were sent in August 1944 to Auschwitz. From there she was taken to a labor camp in Sudetenland, but this time without her family. Her friend Tovah Goldwaser remained with her and the two of them survived. Upon returning to her town, she did not need convincing that her place was with the “kibbutz” whose goal was to emigrate to the Land of Israel: Her father had the foresight before the war to purchase a four-dunam plot of land in Kefar Ata. She knew with certainty that there she would never be lost or forlorn.
-For page listing all members of the group see this page.
Cover of book in Hebrew: "The Way to Freedom"