Lenci Farkas was born in a small town in Czechoslovakia, one of nine siblings. In 1944 she and her family were taken to a nearby ghetto with no time to gather even the barest of necessities. After 4 weeks they were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau where, upon arrival, her parents and several siblings were murdered. As the Russians were advancing from the East in 1945, she began a forced death march toward Germany. She, and three family members escaped and were eventually liberated by the Russians. In 1946 she met Morris Farkas, married, and after a dramatic escape from communist Romania with their infant son, immigrated to the USA.