A LETTER FROM THE FATHER:
MY INFANT DAUGHTER DISAPPEARED IN 1948 DO YOU KNOW HER?
I, Shlomo Zalman Gutman, and my wife Sara Hinda lived in Jerusalem, Israel, on Agripas Street 9. My wife was pregnant and suffered from heart disease. She was admitted to Bikur Cholim Hospital in Jerusalem where she gave birth to our daughter Chana Shprintza on March 2, 1948. Being that my wife was not well, she was unable to nurse Chana Shprintza. I was forced to admit our otherwise healthy daughter to the WIZO children’s home on Strauss Street in Jerusalem. Four months later, on July 1, my wife passed away. The following week, on July 9, my daughter disappeared from the WIZO children’s home in a mysterious way. Therefore, I ask anyone who reads this, to please help me find my daughter wherever she may be and to inform me as to her whereabouts.
Chana Shprintza Gutman
Father: Shlomo Zalman Gutman – born in Poland
Mother: Sara Hinda Gutman – born in Poland
Birth Date: March 2, 1948
Birth weight: 2.140
Note: On a street map of Jerusalem one could see that the Gutman family home was a few streets away from the WIZO institution. Yet, no one came to inform her father of her [death]. It is only after her father got up from shiva for her mother, and he went to see his daughter in the children’s home, was he told that his daughter died - that the night before all 60 babies died from poisoned American milk powder. A tragedy of such proportion would have made it to the press, but it did not, for there was no truth to it. Chana Shprintza’s disappearance most likely falls into the category of the “missing Yemenite children.”