I was born in 1928 and in the village of Borsa in Transylvania, Romania. We were an orthodox family, with three sisters and two brothers. My father died in 1937. Our life was loving and safe. In April 1944 my family was taken from our home to the Borsa synagogue and kept there for one month. We were unable to take anything with us, hence I have nothing from home.In May 1944 we walked to Vişeu Sus, to a ghetto there where we remained for a month. In June 1944 we were taken on cattle trains to Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz. On arrival we were stripped and inspected by Dr. Mengele. My two older sister and I were sent one way and my mother and younger sisters and brother another. I never saw them again. In November 1944 we were taken to Mährisch Weisswasser labour camp in Czechoslovakia, where we remained until Liberation. We went back to Borsa but no one else returned. I went to Cluj Napoca and then to a religious girls’ home in Bratislava, Slovakia. While there London Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld arranged for some of us to be sent to Clonyn Castle, Dublin, Ireland. I stayed nine months and then emigrated to Israel in 1948. I met my husband and we had a daughter in 1956 and then emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1958. We had a happy, long life. My husband died in 2012. I was blessed with three grandsons and a great grandson.
What does Auschwitz mean to you?
Auschwitz means “hell on earth”, hopelessness and destruction of family.
My message for future generations is…
“Be kind to each other” and “don’t let this ever happen again” and “love, not hate”.
Who will be accompanying you on this journey?
My daughter, Deena will be accompanying me.
Deena and I are very close and she has grown up hearing the stories and recollection of my life – good and bad.