Susan Pollack

Susan grew up in Hungary, and experienced antisemitism from a young age. In 1944 Susan was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was separated from her family. After the war, she found out that more than 50 of her relatives had been killed and that only her brother had survived.

In 1944 the Nazis and their Hungarian collaborators organised the deportation of Hungarian Jews: in less than two months from mid-May 1944, almost all Jews were deported, mostly to Auschwitz-Birkenau. When my family were ordered to leave our home, we still hoped that we would be allowed to resettle elsewhere. I took a portable sewing machine with me. Along with Laci and our mother, we were all sent to a ghetto in Vác and from there to a prison camp. In late May 1944, we were sent by cattle truck to Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

Susan rebuilt her self-esteem through the joy of having children and building a family. She chose to exercise her free will and to make a positive contribution to society, such as through volunteering.

She has shared her testimony in schools across the country. At 91, she has written her testimony with Voices of the Holocaust and Mark Wheeller, so that her child’s experience can continue to inspire young people.

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