Andrew was arrested en route and taken to a camp at Kistarcsa with 2000 other people.
In desperation, Andrew’s parents hired Hungarian lawyers to release their son, but to no avail; five weeks later, Andrew was one of the first Hungarian Jews to be shipped to Auschwitz.
Andrew considers himself lucky that after two days he was shipped to a work camp in Silesia, Germany. There he unloaded lumber and cement for the German army until his liberation on May 9, 1945.
In spite of everything, Andrew is grateful: “I am very thankful for G-d who helped me and gave me faith and strength to survive.”
Then the rebuilding began. He opened a textile business first in Komarno and then Budapest. Then his fiancé, Magda Birnbaum, whom he had met a couple of years earlier, wrote to him from Vancouver, Canada. She was able to secure a visa for Andrew.