In memory of Marianne Wolfe (nee Kemeny):
A survivor of the Holocaust, Marianne had a comfortable and sheltered life in Budapest after WWII. The decision to leave after the Revolution was primarily due to the anti-Semitic environment. It had become very difficult to leave Hungary but her father said “leave things to me.” He made all of the arrangements and on a very gray December morning in 1956, at the age of 25, Marianne left her parents to go to a pre-arranged rendez-vous point with three layers of clothes on and a small backpack stuff with her mechanical pencils and other tools of her trade as a draftsperson. She boarded a transport truck with about 20 other people and made their way to the Austrian border.
At their destination, they were assisted by country folk who walked with the group over the border and came equipped with bottles of strong Hungarian “palinka” to calm their nerves and keep them warm. Marianne crossed the border on December 10, 1956.
Once in Vienna, she received aid from the Hebrew International Aid Society and then stayed with an elderly woman until she was given safe passage to Canada. She arrived in Montreal as a refugee and from there made a new life for herself, leaving behind her beloved parents but also the horrors of living through the Holocaust and WWII.