Edith was born in the Transylvanian village of Chiesd in 1930, a region occupied by Hungary during the Second World War. In 1944, when Edith was thirteen years old, Nazi Germany invaded Hungary. Her family’s many Christian friends were no longer allowed to associate with them. Soon, her family was confined to a ghetto in a nearby city, and then sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Upon her arrival in Auschwitz, Edith, her sister and her mother were separated from her father and brother. After a longer selection process, Edith and her sister were sent to a labor camp in Riga, Latvia. In August 1944, they were transferred to the Stutthof Concentration Camp in Poland. In the wake of the Soviet military advance, Edith and the other inmates were sent on a death march. After marching through Bergen-Belsen and Ravensbruck, they finally arrived at the Malchow Concentration Camp in Germany, where they were liberated in May 1945.
Edith and her sister, the only surviving members of their family, traveled back to Hungary where an uncle, who had immigrated to Canada before the war, had gone to find relatives. He helped them secure visas and they both settled in Canada in 1947. In 1950, Edith married George Frankie, also a Survivor from Hungary. They had one son and moved to Los Angeles in 1961. Edith worked as a hairdresser and eventually opened her own salon. For over twenty years, Edith has been very active in Holocaust education and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust community, currently serving on its Survivor Advisory Board.
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