Alexis Wright

Stories of surviving World War II

In the wake of the recent Gazette report by Wesley Wright on my talk to College of William and Mary students about how I survived the Holocaust, several readers asked what happened to me after the Red Army liberated Budapest.

My first encounter with Soviet soldiers wasn’t too auspicious. As I have described it in a chapter of my book, “Reports from a Distant Place,” during the last weeks of the siege of Budapest, all the tenants of the apartment building where I was hiding (using a fake ID), sought shelter in the basement. House-to-house combat ensued between the defending German SS troops and the attacking Red Army units.

The Soviet troops were able to advance slowly and at...