Survivors' Stories

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
Elie Wiesel

Sol Graff

  • From: Hungary (Mosonmagyarovar)
  • Liberated from: Austria (Gunsckirchen)
  • Deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau from: Hungary (Gyor)
  • Current Location: USA (NJ - Fort Lee)
  • Year of birth: 1930

Brief Bio

Sol was born in 1930 in Mosonmagyarovar, Hungary. Sol’s mother almost died in childbirth and was unable to breastfeed. Sol was nursed by a family friend who had just given birth to a son. Later in life, Sol reunited with this woman and found out that her son did not survive the war. 

Sol spent time in the Moson ghetto and was then sent to a ghetto in Gyor. He was eventually deported to Auschwitz and placed in the children’s barrack in the so-called “Gypsy camp.” Sol was taken to Sachsenhausen, Lieberose, and Mauthausen concentration camps and liberated from Gunskirchen in May 1945. After liberation, Sol was sick and hospitalized. Upon returning to better health, he returned to Hungary and reunited with his mother, who had also survived.

In 1946, Sol emigrated illegally to Palestine with the help of the Jewish Agency with his future wife, Katarina. Sol fought in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 and joined the Navy. He continued his military career until 1966 as a captain until he emigrated to the US with his wife.

Sol and Katarina were blessed with two daughters. Sol is a proud grandfather of three grandchildren and a great-grandfather to many great-grandchildren.

(SOL’s 58 PAGE STORY IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST)

 

What does Auschwitz mean to you?

“Greatest crime of mankind”

My message for future generations is…

Read and Listen to the Survivors’ stories and do what ever you can to prevent such atrocities from occurring ever again!

Who will be accompanying you on this journey?

My wife, Katarina who is also Holocaust Survivor as well and my daughter, Irit Wittmann.

My daughter is the grandmother of our eight great-grandchildren who makes our survival truly meaningful.