They were later sent to Markkleeberg Camp, a slave labour factory of Buchenwald in Germany, to build airplane engines for the Junkers Aviation Company. As the war was ending, Vera and her mother were forced out on a death march, but fortunately managed to escape. Vera carried her mother, who then weighed a mere 80 pounds, back to camp. There, on April 13, 1945, the Americans liberated them.
On returning to her hometown, Vera learned that her beloved father had been killed in Mauthausen-Melk. Because the Soviet Union had taken over her village, Vera and her mother were again dispossessed of home and property. Five months later, Vera passed her Hungarian high school exams and was accepted into medical school in Prague. In 1947, Vera married Josef Slyomovics, whose parents had been murdered in camps. Joseph and a pregnant Vera trekked three weeks across the Semmering Mountains to a displaced persons camp in Salzburg, Austria, where their son, Peter, was born.