In her memoir, Helen Farkas shares her terrifying and painful story with moving honesty and simplicity.

A witness to the rise of anti-Semitism and the Nazi occupation of Hungary, she recounts her family’s deportation to a local ghetto, and ultimately the horrifying reality of the infamous death camp Auschwitz. She describes her terrible losses, the death march they endured, and her daring escape. It is a story of an ordinary woman surviving extraordinary circumstances. Despite the horrors, it is also a love story, as Helen is reunited with her prewar fiancé and together they seek a better life in America.

Meet Helen Farkas

Farkas Center in the News 

Violins Of Hope - Holocaust-era violins visit S.F. Catholic School - Jweekly, Jan 2020

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Courage against injustice: Holocaust survivor, refugees tell their stories to Mercy SF students - Catholic San Francisco, Apr 3, 2019

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Helen Farkas dies at 97 - Survivor who brought Holocaust education to local schools - Jweekly, Jan 2018

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Holocaust survivor adds to legacy at early 100th birthday in S.F. - Jweekly, Jan 2018


Survivor, 93, tells her story at Catholic school - Jweekly, Mar 2016


Catholic educator makes survivors’ stories his life mission - Jweekly, Apr 2016


Catholic Students Hear Story That Needs to be Told - JWeekly, Apr 2015


Catholic Students get Firsthand Lesson in never again - JWeekly, April 2014


S.F. Catholic School Honors "Courage and Spirit" of Survivors - JWeekly, March 2011

Community Partners

 Holocaust Resources A People's History of the Holocaust and Genocide

US Holocaust Memorial Museum: The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students

Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

Facing History and Ourselves: Help students learn about hatred and bigotry so they can stop them from happening in the future

Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation: Discover the Unknown History of the Holocaust

3739 Balboa St. Ste. 240

San Francisco, CA 94121

The Farkas Center

Phone: (415) 702-0696


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