• Born in Gergey, Hungary in 1923 into Chassidic family. Grandfather was the shoichet, mohel, baal tefila and baal koreh in village.
  • Moved to bigger town of Vasaros Nameny, Hungary with family. Father worked as watchmaker and ran family store.
  • Last day of Pesach, 1944 heard the Nazis were rounding up all Jews. Attempted to flee but were caught 30 km from home and brought back to town.
  • Deported to Berekszas Ghetto
  • Margit volunteered in ghetto infirmary to be closer to brother with measles.
  • Entire family deported in cattle cars to Auschwitz in 1944 where Margit’s mother, 3 brothers and grandparents immediately sent to gas chambers.
  • Margit in barrack #7 for 6 months. Because Russian army getting close, Nazis did not take the time to brand numbers on Margit and fellow prisoners.
  • Oct. 1944, sent to Torgau, a work camp in Germany with 300 women. Worked in ammunition factory.
  • Liberated in Torgau on April 27, 1945 by the American army. Americans then gave area to Soviet army. Soviet soldiers did not treat the women prisoners well so Margit and fellow survivors walked 30 km to Leipzig in the American zone.
  • Returned home to Hungary where she found no survivors from her family. In December, told that her older brother had survived.
  • Surviving brother comes to get Margit in Hungary. Together they travel in frigid winter weather across 6 borders and arrive in Freising, Germany.
  • Sandor Kirschenbaum was also from Hungary and survived Auschwitz, Magdeburg and Buchenwald.
  • He left Buchenwald on a Death March in April, 1945 with a few thousand Jewish prisoners. Most of them died along the way.
  • At the end of April, the Nazi soldiers fled and Sandor found himself barely alive, near Freising Germany. He was in a coma for 2 weeks.
  • Margit and Sandor met in Freising and were married in October, 1947. They arrived in the U.S. in Feb. 1948.