Blanka Pudler

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Blanka Pudler is born 1929 in Akna Slatina (now Solotyno). She is still a child when she is persecuted by the Nazis and only fifteen when she is deported with her entire family. After seven harrowing weeks in the concentration camp Auschwitz she is selected for forced labour. She and her sister have to work in Hessisch Lichtenau, a factory for ammunition and explosives, where they are made to handle dangerous corrosive chemicals. When the two girls return home to Hungary after the war, they find out they haven’t just lost their home, but also their parents, to the Holocaust.

Blanka Pudler was honored with the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her ongoing efforts to preserve memories of the Holocaust.