After our twenty two hour journey we slept for about three hours and then went straight into an interview with Mrs. Yolande Naftali. She survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald concentration camps.
Her town, although now in Romania, used to be part of Hungary so was not overrun by the Nazis until 1944. Mrs Naftali and her mother, grandmother and aunts were deported on a cattle car to a nearby ghetto, from there they were taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where her grandmother was gassed. Along with her mother and aunt, Mrs. Naftali was taken to work. After becoming unwell her aunt was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau. As the allies closed in there they were taken to a number of work camps in Germany in horrendous conditions including Buchenwald concentration camp. After being left by the Nazis, they were liberated in Germany on April 25th by the Americans.
Out of forty four, only seven of Mrs. Naftali's family survived.
She was an amazing women, she spoke clearly and with strength, despite what she had suffered. She seemed delighted to see us (she gave us the most AMAZING ice-cream) and was thrilled to tell the story of the her Holocaust for the first ever on camera. She told us that we had to make sure that people knew what happened to her and her family and that they should never, ever forget.