Anna Somogyi (née Popper)

Anna Somogyi (née Popper)
Holocaust survivor, 56er

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Anna Somogyi (née Popper) was born on March 6, 1943 in Budapest. She was the middle child of three and her family was quite wealthy. Her father owned a housewares business called Nena, which did very well. In WWII, her father was sent to Auschwitz but Anna went into hiding with her mother and older sister - thankfully, the whole family survived. After the war, however, her father lost his business and half of the family’s apartment, and life changed dramatically for them. Anna was 12 years old in 1956 when the revolution broke out and her family decided to flee the country. Anna doesn’t remember much of the revolution (she was not allowed to go outside) but she remembers their harrowing escape in detail. They left on December 12th to Austria and arrived in Canada on the 4th of February. They first lived in Canada, where she met her husband Péter Somogyi (also interviewed in this archive) and were married in 1960. This first thing she noticed about him was his number tattooed on his arm - he had been part of the ‘twin experiments’ done by Dr.Mengele in Auschwitz. They lived in Montreal for 13 years and then moved to New York in the 1970s. She studied drafting, but since she couldn’t get a job, she ended up working in advertising and running an arts supply store. She and Péter have two children and are retired in Pleasantville, New York.

This interview was conducted by Andrea Lauer Rice and Reka Pigniczky in Pleasantville, NY in 2019.

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