Soon after that, her father, a dentist, and her uncle, an engineer, were taken away and forced on a death march to Austria.
With 4 of the 12,000 Schutzpässe that Wallenberg issued in hand, Agnes and her mother were able to move into one of the 30 safe houses that Wallenberg set up. But the semblance of safety was short-lived. From her window in the safe house, Agnes was able to view hundreds of Jews being taken to the banks of the Danube to be executed en masse.
Agnes’s mother tried to send the coveted Wallenberg passes to her husband and his brother, only to learn it was too late: they were shot on the roadside because they could no longer walk.
Leaving the safe house, Agnes and her mother sought refuge in the air-raid shelter belonging to a gentile family while heavy bombing raged over the city;