Ms. Vertes’ video will be shown, and then she will address us on the topic of her experiences as a Jewish child in Hungary during the Nazi regime. She and her little sister were protected and saved by the kindness of others.
“Prejudice is a lethal weapon. We teach that one person can make all the difference,” she says. “Many of us wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for one person.” For Vertes that one person was an impoverished Protestant woman.
First Vertes, her younger sister, and her mother lived with relatives in the countryside to escape the bombing. Then her father came for them. “Not one of those in the villages survived. If I stayed there I definitely would’ve been smoke,” she says, referring to the crematoriums at Auschwitz. Come and hear the rest of the story . . . .