Holocaust survivor to share experiences as child survivor in Mussolini’s Italy and Nazi-occupied Hungary
Mount Mercy University will host special guest and Holocaust survivor Cesare Frustaci on Tuesday, April 8, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy as part of the Holocaust Speaker Series. This event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.
Come hear Frustaci’s, a Holocaust child survivor of Italy and Hungary, story of survival on the streets of Budapest, capture and detainment, liberation and, finally, reunification after the war with the mother he had been told was dead.
When Frustaci’s mother was forced to leave Italy under Mussolini’s reign and be relocated to a detention camp for Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary, she made a sacrifice of love and turned the then seven-year-old Frustaci out into the streets with the orders that he was Italian, not Hungarian and Roman Catholic, not a Jew.
When his mother, who was ultimately sent to a concentration camp in Germany, found him 18 months after the war, Frustaci was herding pigs for his adoptive family on the border of Romania. She had walked from Germany back to Budapest – a distance comparable to a trek from Maine to Florida – only to spend another year and a half visiting nearly 200 villages with a photograph searching for the son she left behind so that he might have a chance to survive.
Join Frustaci as he shares his family’s story of survival. For additional information on the Holocaust Speaker Series contact Assistant Professor of History Allison McNeese at email@example.com.