Escape to Auschwitz
It was 2004, and a cache of letters was found when our parents house was cleared in preparation for sale. Ilse, our mother, had kept them safe for 50 years, never mentioning them nor telling their story.
Hulda, her mother Gisela and daughter Ilse, all born into a Viennese Jewish family, were caught up in the tragedy of Hitler’s Europe. The three women, bound together by a love that flows through the letters, were physically torn apart by the racist politics of the 1930s and 40s.
Ending up in three different countries, they tried to keep hope alive through their letters to each other.
What became of them?
Did they survive?
Or did they become just another statistic of the Holocaust?
This is their story, told mainly through Hulda’s letters.
Published: 15 May 2014