Sheindi Ehrenwald’s Notes

The occupation of Hungary by German troops on 19 March 1944 marked the beginning of the Holocaust for the Hungarian Jewish population. Sheindi Ehrenwald, then 14 years old and living in the small town of Galánta, kept a diary from the day of the occupation, recording her experiences of intimidation, persecution, forced labour, and extermination. Under the heading Deported to Auschwitz, her notes are now on view in a curatorial intervention to our permanent exhibition. On 22 January, in a talk marking the unveiling of the display, Prof. Dr. Raphael Gross, President of the Deutsches Historisches Museum, explained the immediate context of her story.