The Last Chance to Remember
Chapter 27. GARAI MAGDA
was a very lovely person and to us was very helpful and good, humane
and caring. In her teen years she fell in love with her family doctor
who was married at the time, unfortunately. He was twice her age and
his wife was not willing to give him his freedom. Despite many opportunities
of men her own age, she cared only for him. She spent her young years
in false hope and in clouds. The war changed all this.
decided to wait for him, so she went to Budapest and lived in hiding.
She was the youngest child at home, and always a lovable personality,
she was spoiled by her family and good friends. As a young girl she
was working in a bank, but had lived at home; the air had not been full
of danger or uncertainty yet. But now her situation was very serious,
she was totally on her own in a huge city, in war time, but she made
it. Her nature is very determined and she worked hard to achieve her
goal. She worked with another girl who knew how to sew, so together,
helping each other they made a very modest living for themselves.
is life's and fate's gambling way or play, for the couple, man and his
wife were both deported and that they both returned. The miracle happened
and while we were her guests, the telephone rang and there was a call
from the Red Cross, the expected, yet unexpected good news found its
way to her, Dr. Adler is alive and is on his way home!
this announcement she doubled her ambitions to care for us, and ran
for vegetables so we should have some vitamins. Vegetables were very
rare at this time and expensive. She really cared for us and we were
and are very grateful. She helped us with a heavenly bath. After Dr.
Adler came back to Magda, his wife finally gave in. She could see that
there was no use to make difficulties. They got married and lived "happily
ever after" for many more years.
Before we left Magda's home she helped us to look and feel a bit human. At least it was a start, for which we are forever grateful to her.Satoralja-Ujhely - After Budapest this was the next stop. This is already very near to the border and to our home. Here we didn't stay long, just for a short stay, we received again new papers, some food and left towards our home, where we arrived back on 11 June, 1945.