Egon Sonnenschein

Egon Sonnenschein

In the movie “Schindlers List” I saw in a room full of suitcases in the death camp of Auschwitz, one suitcase with my surname of Sonnenschein written in big letters on it. This gave me the “jolt” to open up and tell my experience as a Holocaust survivor. After being...
Eva Masnick

Eva Masnick

I was born in Ushorod (then Hungary) in 1943, just before the Nazi deportations went into top gear.  When my parents were married my mother moved to Presov in Slovakia, where my father had a factory. However, she  absolutely refused to register as a Jew in...
Judy Gyenes

Judy Gyenes

I was born in Hungary a month before Hitler invaded Budapest in early 1944.  My father Oscar was executed by the Nazis in December 1944. My mother and I survived with the help of Raoul Wallenberg’s Swedish protective pass. His heroic efforts during the time of...
Ernie Friedlander

Ernie Friedlander

I was born in 1935 in Vienna, Austria. With my father and mother I left Vienna in 1938 as a result of the Anschluss (annexation by Germany of the country) for Hungary, my father’s place of birth. Of my family only my mother and I survived the Holocaust. This was due...
Yvonne Halas

Yvonne Halas

I was born in Budapest in 1942.  When I was two years old, we were in a small village in Hungary and my parents were directed onto a train going to a concentration camp.  My father talked to a guard who seemed shocked by the efforts to put so many people in...
Tom Fleming

Tom Fleming

I was born in 1938 in Slovakia. In 1942 the local Catholic church gave my family Baptismal Certificates for our protection. In early 1944 the Nazis tried to round up all Jews in Slovakia, so my family went to Bratislava where in a few weeks the Gestapo found us and...