"The ghetto was the most
horrible, humiliating, soul destroying experience. My parents had lived a
comfortable, middle class existence. My father was a proud Hungarian, his
eyes were filled with tears in hearing the Hungarian Anthem and not by
hearing the 'Shema Yisroel.'
It was already a shock
leaving our home in 1942 and moving to Tarnaméra, in a small part of our
ancestral home. My father, now without a daily occupation at 55, felt like
a useless homebody.
In Tarnaméra everybody
knew he was a Jew, even without yellow stars. One felt a Jew, like one is
black haired, has freckles, or limps. It was a fact, which could not be
changed. But to wear a yellow star, to become a target of ridicule,
shattered my parents.
On the end of April
1944 the gendarmerie told us, 'be ready, you will be moved to a ghetto,
you are allowed to take 10 kg. of clothing, cooking utensils etc., but not
valuables, mementos.' To us, life ceased to exist. We were told to hire a
horse-drawn carriage, at our expense, to go to an unknown destination.