Holocaust survivor to share lessons of freedom, mindfulness, courage

Mount Mercy University will host special guest and Holocaust survivor Magda Brown on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy as a part of the university’s Holocaust Speaker Series.

Originally from Miskolc, Hungary, Brown was deported on one of the final transports to Auschwitz-Birkenau with her entire family when she was just 17 years old. Her parents died in gas chambers; her brother was the only other member of her family to survive and served in the Hungarian military’s Jewish labor force until being captured and imprisoned by the Russian army.

In August 1944, Brown was deported to Munchmuhle near Stadtallendorf, Germany, where she worked in an ammunition factory that produced bombs and rockets. Just months later, in March 1945, she was sent on a death march from the factory for three days. Found in a nearby barn after escaping with several other prisoners, Brown was liberated by the Sixth Armored Division of the U.S. Army. In 1946, she came to the United States and settled in Chicago.

In 1949, she married Robert Brown and together they raised their daughter and son. Magda was finally reunited with her brother in 1962, nearly two decades after being separated.

“This kind of firsthand testimony about what happened during the Holocaust is invaluable,” said Assistant Professor of History Allison McNeese. “Magda’s story helps us understand in the most powerful way why we can never again allow such events to occur.  We are grateful to the Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund for its support in bringing speakers like Magda to our community.”

Join the Mount Mercy community as Brown tells her story of imprisonment, suffering, survival and growth. This event is free and open to the public, but seating in the chapel may be limited.

For more information, contact Allison McNeese at amcneese@mtmercy.edu.

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