Birthdate: 2 Feb 1926

Place: Salgotaryan, Austria

In May 1944 Helen Erdos was forced to move into a ghetto where she stayed for some 20 weeks before being crammed into a cattle truck and sent by train to Auschwitz. She remained there until liberation in May 1945. After the war she emigrated to New Zealand, arriving here on 27th May 1948.

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

Deported To The Camps

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The establishment and operation of concentration camps or Konzentrationslager followed through a number of stages. From 1933 onwards already, four concentration camps had been set up: Dachau (near Munich), Oranienburg (on the outskirts of Berlin), Ravensbrück (north of Berlin), and Buchenwald (Thuringia). They were used to incarcerate the Jewish opposition, political dissidents, and anyone who criticised the National Socialist government... >> more