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Marianne Szanto papers

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    The Marianne Szanto papers include a booklet, part diary, part autograph book, written by Marianne Szanto mainly while imprisoned at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and Hessisch Lichtenau labor camp. The booklet was made with pieces of paper found in the munitions factory and includes poems and entries. The collection also includes loose pages of entries, drawings, and poems, also believed to be kept by Marianne.
    inclusive:  1944-1957
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Irene Wolfe
    Collection Creator
    Marianne Szanto
    Marianne Szanto (1932-2006) was born in Szolnok, Hungary in 1932. After her parents divorce in 1936, Marianne’s mother, Irene (née Ehrich, b. 1905), married Kalman Kemeny and he adopted Marianne. In the early 1940s, Kalman was conscripted into forced labor and Marianne and her mother were forced into a ghetto. In June 1944, they were taken to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Marianne was soon sent to the Hessisch Lichtenau labor camp to work in a munitions factory. She was later sent on a death march for four weeks before being liberated by U.S. troops. After liberation, Irene and Marianne went to Budapest to stay with an aunt where they were reunited with Kalman. Marianne immigrated to Canada in 1957. In 1960 she married Alexander Wolfe and moved to Ottawa. They had a daughter, Irene (b. 1965).

    Physical Details

    2 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Marianne Szanto papers are arranged as two folders:
    Folder 1 - Diary and autograph book, 1944-1957
    Folder 2 - Poems and drawings, 1944-1957

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    The donor, source institution, or a third party has asserted copyright over some or all of these material(s). The Museum does not own the copyright for the material and does not have authority to authorize use. For permission, please contact the rights holder(s).

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Szanto, Marianne.

    Administrative Notes

    The Marianne Szanto papers were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Irene Wolfe, the daughter of Marianne Kemeny Santos Wolfe, in 2009.
    Funding Note
    The accessibility of this collection was made possible by the generous donors to our crowdfunded Save Their Stories campaign.
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