The day war broke out was the first day of September 1939. We were on a boat on Lake Balaton with a large group of my parents’ friends, with their children and grandchildren. It was a beautiful warm sunny day. I really could not understand what had happened, but suddenly I saw all the adults looking very frightened. They could hardly speak to each other.
“What is going to happen?” they murmured. “How long will it last?”
What did happen was way beyond anyone’s worst nightmare.
Least-expected Heroes of the Holocaust:
Personal Memories, © 2011 Vera Gara, ISBN: 978-0-9877789-0-1, 136 p. $15. Copies
may be obtained from the author at email@example.com
Gara tells of a childhood of virtually unimaginable circumstances beginning in
1938 when her Jewish Austrian family was forced to flee from Vienna to Hungary
at the beginning of the Nazi nightmare. She guides readers through the ensuing
ordeals which involved being forced into ghettos, then cattle cars, and months
of forced labour before ending up at Theresien camp near Prague, and finally,
years later, reaching the freedom of Vienna . . .”
— The Hon. David Kilgour.