POCAHONTAS — Agi Geva, a Holocaust survivor and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum volunteer, will be BRTC’s 14th Annual Holocaust Survivor Series guest speaker.
According to the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website, Agi (Laszlo) Geva was born on June 2, 1930, in Budapest, Hungary. When the Germans occupied Hungary on March 19, 1944, Agi, her younger sister, Zsuzsanna, and her parents, Rozsa and Zoltan Laszlo, were living in Miskolc, Hungary. Zoltan, who had been ill for a long time, died that day.
Agi, her sister, and her mother were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious killing center in German-occupied Poland. Several weeks after arriving at Auschwitz, they were transferred to the Plaszow concentration camp, where conditions became worse. When Plaszow was liquidated, the SS authorities transported them back to Auschwitz.
A short time later, the camp authorities selected them, along with 180 Hungarian and 20 Polish women, for transport to a small labor camp in Rochlitz, Germany, near Leipzig. There, they were trained to work at a factory that manufactured spare parts for airplanes, before being sent to a factory in Calw, near Stuttgart, Germany.
After working in Calw for several months, all of the women were forcibly evacuated on foot. On April 28, 1945, U.S. troops liberated them from their march. Agi remained with her mother and sister in Innsbruck, Austria, for eight months, and then they all returned to Hungary.
After the war ended, Agi immigrated to Israel and married. She and her husband had two children. After living in Israel for 53 years, Agi came to the United States to live with her daughter. She has volunteered at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 2002.
Due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Holocaust survivor presentations will be held virtually at 10:30 a.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday.
To register for the series, visit https://www.survey monkey.com/r/F6DGK8W. Please indicate if you are registering yourself, a group which will be watching from one location, or a group which all be watching from different locations.
For more information, contact Karen Liebhaber, vice president of Institutional Advancement, at 870-248-4000, Ext. 4185, or email@example.com.