My name is Edith Deutsch (nee Weinreb), and I was born in Rakospalota, a suburb of Budapest, Hungary. I was deported from the Budapest ghetto and returned to Budapest after liberation. I currently reside in Miami Beach. My father was a Jewish playwright and achieved some success in the late 20’s. When Jews were being oppressed, we moved to be with family to a small town, Paks, on the Danube, where my father sold dairy products and my brother and I helped with deliveries. I was nearly seventeen when my mother and I were sent to Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz. My mother did not survive the first day. The men of the family, and my boyfriend, were sent to labor camp. After liberation, we all gravitated to a cousin’s safe house in Budapest, and I learned that by brother, father, and boyfriend(my late husband Emery) survived. I married at age eighteen and left Hungary when pregnant, not wanting to bring a new life into the horror that was Europe. After much illegal border crossing and help from numerous kind individuals, we arrived in NYC with a two week visitor permit to visit an Uncle and Aunt. Our child was born ten days into our stay, and, thus, we were allowed to stay as parents of an American citizen.
What does Auschwitz mean to you?
I have very conflicted feelings about Auschwitz. My mother perished there.
My message to the future generations…
(I am expecting, with God’s Help, a great-great-grandchild in May) is to hold fast to your heritage, to never forget that the future of the Jewish people is in your hands.
Who will be accompanying you on this journey?
I am being escorted by my granddaughter, Dr. Meredith Deutsch-Levy, a physician mother of four boys, who lives in Toronto.