• Born in Wesel, Germany on May 3, 1924.
  • Her family moved to Cologne in 1933.  They wanted to be in a bigger city because there was an increase in anti-Semitism and they thought that it would be safer in a larger city.
  • Margit had a happy childhood despite, the anti-Semitism.
  • In 1938, her family tried to seek passage to the United States. They had an affidavit but, it was not enough and they were not able to leave Germany.   Her father had business associates in Africa and he would have been able to go there but, he did to want to leave the rest of the family behind.
  • Margit was in Cologne on November 9, 1938 and she remembers Kristallnacht. Her father was on a business trip and her mother took her and her brother to hide at a non-Jewish neighbor’s house. Her mother called her father and told him not to come home since they were arresting Jewish men.
  • Life got back to normal but gradually laws changed.
  • Her father was forced to give up his business, they were forced to take renters into their house and then they were forced to move to a very small apartment.
  • By 1941, Margit was required to wear a Jewish star and “Sarah” was added to her name.
  • Margit worked for as a seamstress until she was deported. She met Henry while working there.
  • On December 6, 1941 the Jews were told that they had to leave Cologne. They were ordered to go to an exhibition hall near the train station. The next day all the Jews were loaded on trains and taken to Riga. There was no food or bathroom on the train.
  • Margit’s father was in Reichsbahn. One time, an SS soldier hid her in his truck and took her to see her father.
  • Margit was with her mother during a selection. She witnessed her mother being selected for death and begged to go with her.
  • Margit was on a freighter ship to Danzig and then on a small boat to Stutthof Concentration Camp. She went to work for Reichsbahn to work on the trains and then she went back to Stutthof.
  • She went to the city of Neustadt and was liberated by the British.  She weighed 68 pounds and was very sick with typhus.
  • Margit spent 6 weeks recuperating in a hospital.
  • Henry heard that Margit was alive and found her.
  • They got married and went to a displaced persons camp near Brayman.
  • In 1951 they immigrated to the United States with their young daughter.