jun 2, 1944 - Agi's story


Agi was 14 years old. Agi's dad died and after that her life turned upside down. Agi now had her mom, Rosza, and her sister, Zsuzsi. Agi's family didn't want to get deported, so they swore their allegiance to their country. They then joined 30 others in a labor brigade. They could only take whatever possessions they could carry. So Agi and her family decided to sew money to the linings of their dresses just in case they would need it to bride any German soldiers in the concentration camps or ghettos. On Agi's fourteenth birthday, all of the field workers were marched into a fenced in ghetto in Miskolc. They shared it with 6 other families and had a lack of food. After a few weeks of working in the ghetto, people got transported in cattle cars to move somewhere else. They were on the train for 2 days in small cattle cars. When they finally arrived, they were in Auschwitz. Rozsa explained to the family that they were trying to seperate families. She instructed them on what to do to try to stay together. Rozsa also told families to act as if they didn't know each other, because then maybe they wouldn't be separated. But they didn't know that the separation was based on if you were healthy enough to work, or if you should be sent to the gas chambers. Rozsa, Zsuzsi, and Agi all stayed together. After 2 weeks in Auschwitz they were then put into the cattle cars again and transferred to a different camp. The train stopped at Plaszow, a slave labor camp in Krakow, Poland. At Plaszow there were not only Jews but there were criminals. Agi, Rozsa, and Zsuzsi were giving hard labor jobs where you had to carry big rocks up hills and then back down the hills. The Red Army was advancing towards Plaszow, so then the officials liquidated the camp. The Laszlo family (Agi's family) got stuffed into cattle cars again. At days end the cattle car stopped and the doors opened, they were in Auschwitz again. Josef Mengele was the one flicking his finger to see who lives or dies. Rozsa and Zsuzsi both got pointed to the right, the workers side. When Agi walked up there Mengele's finger pointed to the left. Zoltan, her father, taught Agi German when she was younger, so Agi said no to Mengele in fluent German. Because Agi spoke German so well, Mengele decided that she could work and he sent her to the workers side. Agi got the number A18667 out on her arm. The Laszlo's were put in cattle cars again and were sent to the Rochlitz labor camp in Germany. Agi started working in a factory, but one day the guards ordered the women in factory to start a death march. Rozsa died on the march, and Agi's hopes of living decreased. One day along the march, the prisoners looked up and noticed the guards were gone. A German Kapo came up to them and said that they were free. American troops came and took the sick prisoners to their headquarters. From that day on Agi was free.

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Survivors of the Holocaust


jun 2, 1944
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