Irene Petrinitz was born in Uzhgorod, Czechoslovakia in 1923. When she was 10, Uzhgorod was annexed by Hungary and Irene's father and brother placed in a Hungarian work detail, from which Irene's father never returned. Following the German invasion of Hungary in 1944, Irene and her mother were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where her mother perished. After eight months, Irene was transferred to a forced labor camp near Zittau where she was liberated. She came to the United States in 1948 after being reunited her brother and uncle.
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