- Born in Vienna, Austria in 1933.
- When she was 5 years old, Rita was smuggled across the border to Antwerp, Belgium.
- When the Nazis came, a Catholic priest was willing to take Jewish children to the Namur Convent.
- Rita spent 4 years in the Convent and changed her name to a French name. She was told never to speak German.
- Only the Mother Superior knew which children were Jewish.
- Her mother lived in hiding in Brussels. She was taken to a concentration camp at the end of the war and was liberated by the Americans.
- Her father was murdered in Auschwitz.
- After the war, her mother went from convent to convent until she eventually found Rita.
- Rita and her mother stayed in Antwerp until 1952.
- Her mother’s sister was in the United States and they arrived here in 1952.