Edith Schonstal (b. 1937)

Edith Schonstal was born in 1937 in Budapest, Hungary. Her family endured great difficulty during the Second World War, but counted themselves fortunate until 1944 when they were moved and interred in the Budapest Ghetto. While this was a great upheaval, and life became gradually more difficult, they were all able to survive the war. 

After liberation, they went back to their home and attempted to rebuild their lives. As Communist sentiments swelled in Hungary, Edith and her family worked to find a way out of the country. In 1956 Edith was snuck out of the country and reunited with her brother in Seattle, Washington. And finally, in 1957, Edith’s parents were able to emigrate as well.