Gertrud Deak - A Hungarian Jew on slave labour for the German war industry

Gertrud Deak was born into a Jewish family in Hungary in 1924. Following the German occupation in spring 1944, she was deported to Auschwitz, together with her parents. Writing in the 1950s, she recalls the conditions in Auschwitz and her deportation for slave labour to the Buchenwald satellite camp Hessisch-Lichtenau, where some 1,000 female Jewish prisoners produced explosives for the Dynamit-Nobel company. As Allied troops closed in, the SS abandoned this camp in late March 1945, forcing the prisoners first to Leipzig and then on a death march.

Source: Wiener Library