When Henryka Shaw saw white figures walking towards her, surrounded by beautiful white clouds, she thought she had died and was in heaven.
Her angels turned out to be American soldiers in white suits spraying clouds of DDT.
It was 9 May 1945, and American forces liberating Mauthausen concentration camp were using insecticide to deal with infestations of lice and typhus.
Henryka had survived five concentration camps – Krakau-Plaszow, Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Venusberg, and finally Mauthausen – and was gravely ill, with only a bed sheet to cover her.
Her daughter, Naomi Shaw, said her friends begged her not to die, and banded together to scrounge material to make her a dress so that she would have something to wear when she walked to freedom.
"Her friends went to the SS barracks and they found fabric — we believe it was the curtains — and they decided to make her a dress so she had some clothes," Naomi said.
“The dress was something that my mother hung onto for the rest of her life … it would sit in the cupboard with her silk blouses and her beautiful shoes.
"For many years, she wouldn't tell any stories … she couldn't ever bring herself to talk about it … but when she was writing her book in 2005, she showed me the dress and said, 'Please look after it — this is the dress I walked out of the camps in.’”