Engel, Hedy

Birth Name Engel, Hedy
Married Name Hirsch, Hedy
Gender female


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1927 Trnava, okres Trnava,Trnavský kraj, Slovensko  

Camp 1944 Auschwitz Konzentrationslager, Oświęcim, powiat Oświęcimski, województwo Małopolskie, Polska  

Event Note

In 1942, Hedy Hirsch was fifteen when she and her mother fled for Hungary, after father was sent to AuschwitzConcentration Camp, and was never heard from again.
They escaped to Nitra, and from there they tried to reach the Hungarian border, but were arrested by Slovakian guards.
They escaped and crossed the border, where Hedy and her mother were reunited with her older sister, Edith, who joined them, traveling to Budapest using forged papers
They hid for two years in Budapest, sleeping each night in a different abandoned building or cemetery.

Event Note

In 1944, Hedy and her mother were arrested while trying to cross back into Slovakia, and were transported on a train to Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Event Note

Hedy Engel and her mother were were sent to Lager C.

Transport October, 1944    

Event Note

In October, Hedy Engel, age 17 years, was selected for transport to a labor camp in Altenberg.
She asked the woman in charge of the block include her mother on the list, and the two were sent to work in an arms factory, where they worked 12 hours a day.
They remained there until April, 1945.

Transport April 9, 1945   The prisoners at Altenberg were forced to march to Waldenberg

Event Note

Hedy Engel, and her mother, along with the factory workers were sent on a death march, without food, from Altenberg to Waldenberg.

Event Note

On the night of April 12, 1945,, they reached Waldenberg, where they were liberated by the Americans.

Aliyah 1949    

Event Note

Hedy Engel and her mother settled in Jerusalem.



Surviving the Holocaust: Hedy Hirsch's Story


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