My Jewish Legacy | Judith Magyar Isaacson

Judith Magyar Isaacson

Judith Magyar Isaacson

Posted by Elyse in Stories 17 Aug 2009

How did you know that you were going to have to leave your home in Hungary? It’s a long story, it takes five chapters of my MEMOIRS, SEED OF SARAH, to cover it.

How old were you at the time? Nineteen

How did you travel to America? On a Ship of War Brides sponsored by the United States Army.

Did you have to change your name on arrival to the U.S.? My name had been changed at our wedding on DEC. 24, 1945 in Nürnberg, Germany, from Judit Magyar to Frau Hauptman (Mrs. Captain) Irving Isaacson.

Did you have any contact with friends and or family after the Holocaust? Most of my family and all my Jewish friends and classmates perished in the Holocaust — only 5 percent of my transport survived those nine months, from July 1944 to April 1945. I was cut off from my Christian friends by the communist regime controlling Hungary until the historic revolution of 1956.

Do you have any specific memories of your journey through the Holocaust? My vivid and detailed memories were recorded in SEED OF SARAH by the University of Ilinois Press, and in FREUT EUCH IHR LEBENDEN, FREUT EUCH by Hentrich & Hentrich, a Berlin publisher, and in KOSZONET AZ ELETERT by Novella, a Budapest publisher.

Do you have any memories of your arrival to the United States? I have unforgettable memories as well as photographs taken at my arrival in New York City that will be published in FREUT EUCH IHR LEBENDEN, to appear next month, and they will be duplicated in a SEQUEL to SEED OF SARAH to be published in due time.

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