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Holocaust Survivor Talk: Erika Schwartz
Holocaust Survivor Talk: Erika Schwartz

Thu, Nov 05



Holocaust Survivor Talk: Erika Schwartz

Erika was born in Nyíregyháza, Hungary in April 1944, a month after the German invasion. Sensing their impending fate, Erika’s father convinced authorities to let his wife and daughter move to Budapest and secured them false Christian identity papers.

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Nov 05, 2020, 11:00 AM PST



When the war ended in 1945, Erika’s mother discovered that they were the only two survivors from their family. A few years after the war, Erika’s mother left Hungary for the United States but was not allowed to bring her young daughter with her. She left her in Hungary with a married couple she trusted. The childless couple soon decided to kidnap Erika and keep her as their own. Erika's mother had to hire a detective in Hungary to find her daughter and bring her to the United States. Just after Erika’s fourth birthday, she reunited with her mother.  

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