Suffering from hunger and sleep deprivation, Etelka was able to conceal her pregnancy because she was tall and slim. A Nazi approached Etelka and quietly said to her, “Go home.” Etelka just looked at him incredulously. Once again, the Nazi repeated, “Go home.” Thus saved, Etelka returned to the ghetto. Shortly afterward, she found a job printing passes in the Swedish embassy outside the ghetto and was given a pass by Raoul Wallenberg himself.
On December 29, 1944, Etelka gave birth to her son, Ivan, on the very same day that her husband was killed. Etelka stayed in the ghetto hospital where all the newborn babies were laid in a row across a big table. Since there were no chairs, Etelka, nourished with only a bit of sweetened water, stood with the other mothers beside the table to breast-feed.