As a child, Magda Brown was sent to Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Separated from her family, she would later escape. As a part of Women’s History Month, Grand Valley State University invited the 89-year old to tell her story. As a Holocaust survivor, she has a mission in life. “You know, genocide doesn’t happen from one minute to the next. It builds gradually.”
A Hungarian Jew, Magda Brown will never forget her 17th birthday in 1944. It was the day when she and her family were herded into a boxcar headed for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.