...and I was sent to the side of life. And now, unfortunately, I am here and I won’t find my place because it still haunts me, I cannot find peace of mind.
Viola Fischerová was born in 1922 in the town of Lučenec. When she was sixteen, Hungarians occupied Southern Slovakia. Together with her family they were forced to hide, to survive air attacks and huge mental pressure. Hungarians deprived them of their property, marked with the badge of yellow star, excluded them from society, and then transferred them into the ghetto where they treated them cruelly. All of them were beaten; girls were taken aside and raped. They couldn’t imagine that something even worse existed, but as a twenty-two-year-old she got off the cattle car in Auschwitz camp. There she met doctor Mengele for the first but not the last time. She was the victim of his pseudo-medical experiments. However, she survived. Later on, she was transferred to another camp where she induced other seven women and they managed to escape. While she struggled to survive in concentration camps, her future husband Juraj Fischer was the allied troop’s tank commander. He was present at Normandy landing on June 6, 1944. In 2004 he got the highest French honour - Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Viola Fischerová has never forgotten the hell she had lived through. It still haunts her.