Sarah Brett nee Luel was born in Pabianice, Poland. Her father was a partner in the family textile mill and wealthy. After the Germans invaded, she was forced to work as a seamstress sewing German uniforms. On May 16, 1942, she was sent to Lodz ghetto to braid straw boots for German soldiers. During August 1944, the ghetto was liquidated and she was sent to Auschwitz, then to Freiberg, Germany to work in an aircraft factory. In April 1945, she was loaded on a cattle train and sent to Mauthausen concentration camp.