|Birth: ||Aug. 11, 1926|
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 2013|
Charlotte (Berger) Lawton, 86, passed away on Monday, June 17, 2013, at the Skyline Place in Sonora, Calif.
She was born on Wednesday, August 11, 1926, in Duisburg, Germany, and was the daughter of Herman Berger and Chana Berger.
During the Holocaust, she was encamped at the Riga Ghetto in Poland in 1941 and there she met her future husband, Harry Lawton, who protected her and her mother while in Riga.
Charlotte was liberated by American forces in 1945. She weighed only 70 pounds after she left the camp and spent several months recuperating in Sweden before joining her sister in England.
Unable to immigrate the United States without a sponsor, Harry Lawton moved to La Paz, Bolivia. Charlotte joined him in La Paz and they wed in 1947.
They moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1949. There Mrs. Lawton worked as a payroll manager in the trucking industry for 20 years.
After her experience in Riga, Mrs. Lawton was invested in Holocaust education and advocacy for the rest of her life. She was the subject of a historical documentary made by her nephew, called "Lottie's Story."
She and her husband also recorded oral histories which are in Holocaust memorial museums in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, CA.
Mrs. Lawton is survived by her daughter, Jeanne (Lawton) Gisi, of Twain Harte, Ca.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Lawton, in 1992.
Dambacher Mountain Memorial Cemetery
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