From Love to Triumph: The Holocaust Diary of Mrs. Susan Kaszas

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Newmedia Publishing, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 80 pages
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In her epic love story Susan Kaszas describes with touching directness, what it feels like to be taken from one's family, to be beaten, cursed at, poisoned, and to witness unspeakable, systematic cruelty. But the hardest aspect of her personal and collective hell was being separated from her one love, her husband, Alex. "From Love to Triumph" is a love letter to Alex.


 

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About the author (2002)

My mother's maiden name was Susan Varadi. She was born in 1920, in Györ, Hungary, the largest city in the western part of the country, only half an hour from Vienna, Austria. She came from the Böhm line of our family.

She married my father,  Alexander (Alex) Kaszas in 1942 and moved to Tapolca, a small town north of Lake Balaton. By that time anti-Jewish laws were in full force in Hungary too. My  father was taken away to a forced labor camp and my mother to Auschwitz in 1944, along with their families. The small general store and everything else they had were also stolen away from  them. Only they returned. 

My parents never spoke about this period of their lives. I found my mother's diary letter book amongst her belongings upon her death in 1990. Reading it made me cringe. It still does.

I translated it since and had her beloved grandchildren Judy and Mark edit and proofread it. Our aim in publishing it is simple. We want you to remember; to stand up and say,  when  confronted with any kind of organized cruelty and inhumanity:  Never again ! 

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