Children of Saul

Anikó Havas

Budapest, 1934 – Auschwitz-Birkenau, 8 July 1944

Aniko’s father was a labor serviceman in 1944. The family hoped that there would be no deportations from the countryside. So his wife, Mária Havasné Faragó, travelled to Kaposvár with their younger daughter, ten-year-old Anikó. There, however, the Hungarian authorities soon crammed them into the local ghetto. On 5 July 1944, Mária wrote her last letter to her parents, Anikó’s grandparents, in a hurry: “At 1:00 a.m. we were told to pack 1 change of underwear and 1 change of clothes, 14 days’ food. We know nothing, the order came at 4 a.m.: God be with us and with you. Take good care of yourselves. We may come around one day. All the best, with much love, Mária”. The deportation train arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau on 8 July. Anikó and her mother were killed the same day.