From there, Bronia’s family was transported to Auschwitz. Bronia recalls the terrifying moments during a selection by the notorious Dr. Mengele and the tearful good-byes as inmates were sent to the showers, for word had already reached them of the gas chambers.
At the beginning of 1945, as the Russians advanced, Bronia was first marched and then transported to Bergen-Belsen, where Bronia witnessed the deaths of both her mother and sister in the 10 days prior to liberation.
After the war, while recovering from tuberculosis at a hospital in Vaihingen-Enz, Germany, Bronia met Sidney Cyngiser, later marrying him in Calgary in 1951. Bronia worked hard at rebuilding her life, turning her attention and love to raising her son and daughter. Bronia has served as President of the Aliyah Chapter of Hadassah, Women’s UJA Divisional Co-chair, and State of Israel Bonds Co-chair.