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Portrait of Hedy Ellenbogen.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 28870

Portrait of Hedy Ellenbogen.

Hedy Ellenbogen, the younger daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth Klein Ellenbogen, was born May 18, 1930, in Miskolc, Hungary. She had one sister, Eva, who was born in 1923. Hedy’s father earned a living as a milkman in Miskolc. In 1942, he was drafted into a Hungarian labor battalion. The family never heard from him again. In May 1944, a ghetto was established in Miskolc, and Hedy moved in together with her mother and sister. A few weeks later, the ghetto was liquidated and the Ellenbogens were deported to Auschwitz. After several months, Hedy and Eva were sent to Bremen and quickly moved, along with 800 other women, to a barracks in Stuhr. They were put to work sifting through the debris from bombings in search of intact bricks and stones to be used for rebuilding. In April 1945, Hedy and Eva were sent on a forced march to Bergen-Belsen. They survived the march and were liberated at Bergen-Belsen in May 1945. From there they were sent on a medical transport to Malmo, Sweden, to be treated for typhus. One year later, Hedy and Eva Ellenbogen left Sweden for the United States. In 1953, with the help of the International Red Cross, Hedy and Eva were reunited with their mother in Canada.

Circa 1937
Miskolc, [Borsod] Hungary
Variant Locale
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Hedy Brasch
Record last modified: 2018-11-21 00:00:00
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