Survivor’s story is one of 52,000 testimonies
Irene Boehm survived World War II and the Holocaust in Hungary by hiding her identity when she moved from her small village, Olaszliszka, near the Czech border to Budapest and then to a villa on the Danube.
In Budapest, she convinced her landlady, who often derided Jews, to let “a friend”—actually her sister Margaret—move in. When Irene went to care for an older woman in a villa 60 kilometers south of Budapest, Irene again was silent when that woman also voiced anti-Jewish sentiments.
When Margaret moved out of the room in Budapest, she thanked the landlady for saving a Jew: her. Later the landlady saw Irene on the street and exclaimed her horror at learning Irene’s “friend” was a Jew. . . . more