Birthdate: 7 Apr 1923

Place: Karancsbereny, Hungary

After the Nazis annexed Hungary in 1944 Olga and her family were forced to move into the ghetto in Budapest and soon afterwards they were deported to Auschwitz. In the camp, Olga worked as a medical asssitance in the camp health clinic. There were few medicines, and inmates who did not recover quickly, were usually dispatched by the SS to the gas chambers.

Having survived the camps, she remained philosophical.

After the war Olga returned to Hungary and in 1965 she and her husband came to New Zealand where they operated their own small jewellery business in Auckland for 24 years.

(Original video material courtesy of the Auckland Jewish Oral History Group)


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