SURVIVOR WRITINGS

Irene Adler: 

An adolescent, Irene Adler survived on her own in Budapest.  At one point she was rounded up and sent on a forced march out of the city, but was able to return.  Following the liberation of Budapest by the Russians in 1944, she moved to the home of her only surviving relative, an uncle.  Irene met her future husband while she was distributing sandwiches to returning camp survivors (please see Bernard Adler Interview).  She later joined Bernard in Israel where they were married in 1948 and had one son.  Irene and Bernard had a second son after their move to New York.

Edith Tavon:

Edith Tavon was born in 1925 in Vienna, Austria.  After her family escaped Austria on November 8th, 1938, they lived in Belgium for three months and then in Wales for a year.  In 1940, on account of the British policy of internment of German and Austrian Jewish men as enemy aliens, the family decided to move to the United States.

Gerta Freeman: 

Gerta was born on October 8th, 1915 in Vienna and later moved to Prague where she would meet her future husband, Albert.  In 1937-38, discrimination against the Jews grew worse and Gerta immigrated to the United States with Albert’s sister as her sponsor.  Making her home in Washington D.C., she worked for the Herald Tribune, a job that would prove fortunate – a secretary at the newspaper became a sponsor for her mother’s immigration to the US.  Eventually, Gerta’s brother, Fred, along with Fred’s girlfriend and her own brother were able to come to the United States.