THE JEW WHO REFUSED TO DIE: The woman who survived 3 concentration camps has lived to be over 100
- Klara Markus, 100, survived three Holocaust concentration camps
- She escaped Auschwitz gas chambers because Nazis ran out of gas
- The Romanian mother-of-two is preparing for her 101st birthday
A Jewish woman who escaped the gas chambers of Auschwitz is preparing to celebrate her 101st birthday
Klara Markus, 100, from Sighetu Marmaţiei, in Maramureş in northern Romania, survived three Holocaust concentration camps before the Second World War was over.
Mrs Markus, who had been imprisoned in Dachau and Ravensbruck before being sent to Auschwitz, survived the Nazi German camp in occupied Poland because the Nazis ran out of gas.
Mrs Markus was born Klara Schongut, on New Years Eve 1913, in Carei, Satu Mare County.
In August 1942, she was deported to a Jewish ghetto in Budapest, Hungary where she started work in an umbrella factory.
‘My mother and older sisters were taken directly to Auschwitz. I never saw them again,’ Klara Markus told a Romanian newspaper in 2010.
‘When I asked about them, SS members replied shortly: “Maybe, you should search for them in the smoke or ashes!” and they laughed.’
The mother-of-two remained in Budapest for another two years, before the Nazis ordered the remaining Jews in the city to march toward the concentration camps.
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