I spent one month being fixed-up by a mobile American Army medical unit. After being released, I traveled around Germany quite a bit, asking questions on the whereabouts of my family and checking survivor lists. In July I took a train back to Hungary.. When I got home, what you call home, my sister was there. She had survived along with an aunt, and an uncle who had survived a work camp in the Ukraine. I found out then for sure what had happened to my mother. She had been with my sister for a while until she got sick and then she was eliminated. My grandparents had been selected for the gas chambers immediately when they arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The rest of my family who had been sent to Birkenau were also dead.
First established as a Nazi concentration camp in 1940 at Oswiecim, Poland primarily for Polish prisoners. In 1942 it was expanded to include the extermination camp-Birkenau (Auschwitz II) and the labour camp-Buna-Monowitz (Auschwitz III). Surrounded by numerous sub camps, it grew to become the largest of all the Nazi concentration camps. Approximately 1.1 to 1.6 million Jews and 100,000 other victims were murdered or died at Auschwitz. At liberation, only 7600 prisoners those not forced on death marches were found alive.