I am a holocaust survivor. I have seen the holocaust through my eyes, a little Jewish girl. My life’s drive has been surviving. I am not a victim. I am a survivor.
For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a singer. My first taste of fame came at the age of four when I sang and danced in front of the future king of Yugoslavia.
I spent most of my childhood in hiding from the Nazis in Budapest. No matter where I was, in a concentration camp or in an air raid shelter I
sang at every opportunity, especially when I was frightened. Singing was my only constant companion.
At the end of the war I was nine years old, weighted about two stone, lost my hair, had pneumonia, pleurisy, and anorexia. Not because I refused to eat but simply there was no food. I could hardly walk. I was not a very pretty sight. The doctors gave me six months to live. Perhaps my singing kept me alive?
In one way I was lucky to be so young when the war started because I did not realize the horrors of my situation as I did not know any different, nothing to compare it with. On the other hand I was robbed of my childhood.
Even now after so many years my war memories still haunt me. It is not that I want to remember, it is simply I CANNOT FORGET… Over seventy years have passed and my very existence is still truly an unbelievable miracle to me.
My passion for music has never left me. At the age of twenty one I cut my first record with Philips – Fontana Recording Company. This became an instant hit. Many more records followed. This success led me to perform in major cities in Europe. I had a multilingual repertoire. My command of nine languages came in very useful.
The journey from the holocaust to an internationally recognized professional singer was an amazing dream come true. This journey I would like to share with you.
I can offer talks on
The II WORLD WAR and the HOLOCAUST SEEN THROUGH MY EYES AS
A LITTLE JEWISH GIRL
THE BEGINNINGS OF ISRAEL
EDUCATION under EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES
SHOWBUSINESS and I