Marta Wise

Marta Wise (née Weiss) was born on 8 October, 1934, in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Her parents were Eugen Yaakov and Margaret Meital Weiss, and she had 8 sisters and a brother.

During the war, Marta was able to live under an assumed Aryan identity with false papers for a while, but on 8 October 1944, she was arrested and sent to the Sered camp.  On 3 November, 1944 Marta was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau.  She and her sister Eva (on her right in the photograph), were kept in Mengele’s medical experiments block together with the twins and dwarfs.  They managed to stay alive there until the liberation. Looking back, she maintains that her survival was largely thanks to pure luck. Marta and Eva were liberated by the Red Army on 27 January, 1945.

After the war, Marta moved to Australia, where she eventually became a historian.  She emigrated to Israel in 1998, and today lives in Jerusalem. She is a mother of 3 and grandmother of 14.  She volunteers as a guide at Yad Vashem.