• 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.