World War II (1939-1945)

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...