When German troops occupied Hungary on 19 March 1944, the Holocaust began for the Jewish population. Sheindi Ehrenwald from the small town of Galánta, then 14 years old, made notes from the day of the occupation on about how she experienced ostracism, disenfranchisement and ghettoization and how she thought and felt at the time.

She continued to write as she was being deported in a cattle wagon that brought her and her entire family to Auschwitz- Birkenau in June 1944. There the SS murdered her grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters. She herself was forced to do hard labour. Yet she survived and was able to save her notes.

In cooperation with AXEL SPRINGER SE the Deutsches Historisches Museum is presenting this very personal testimony of persecution, deportation and annihilation of the Hungarian Jews for the first time in an exhibition.