Aranka Siegal

Aranka  Siegal

Aranka Siegal was raised in Beregszasz, Hungary, as one of seven children. When Aranka was thirteen years old, she and her family were relocated from their home to the Beregszasz brick factory, which had been converted into a ghetto to accommodate Jews during World War II. They were sent to Auschwitz shortly after. She and her older sister were separated from the rest of the family when they arrived on May 9, 1944, and they never saw them again. The two sisters were eventually taken to Bergen-Belsen, where they were liberated by the British First Army in 1945.

Aranka and her sister were then brought to Sweden by the Swedish Red Cross, where they resided for three and a half years until emigrating to the United States. Through her grandmother, Babi, Aranka learned to value books from an early age. When Jewish children were expelled from public schools, she was just twelve years old. What works her family had and what few others she could get became personal treasures, allowing Read More chevron_right