Holocaust survivor Magda Brown recently visited students at Troy Middle School to share her story of survival.
The presentation was made possible thanks, in part, to Troy Middle School eighth-grade student Etta Sklar, who raised money last year through a shoe drive to enable Brown to come in and talk about her experience.
Brown was a teenager being raised in Hungary when the Nazis invaded in March 1944, when World War II had reached its height in Europe. Allied forces did not land in France until June 1944.
Close to half a million Jewish persons and others were moved from their homes into ghettos, sections of a city allocated for ethnic people.
“Once you left your home, you could never ever get anything back, even if you returned alive,” Brown said.
At the Nazi’s order, Brown’s house became a station for 40 people to be incarcerated.
“You cannot fathom the crowded conditions,” she said. “You have to think of the emotional aspect, here, as well because there are different personalities.”
Brown’s home was later evacuated, and the Nazi’s marched everyone to a brickyard. There, Brown had no access to water or toilets.
Brown questioned why this happened and said that’s why she equates the holocaust to a “premeditated, scientifically-coordinated mass murder.”
“Everything was done with precision,” she said.
A short time later Brown and others were shoved in a boxed car. They were transported to a concentration camp, where families were separated.