Survivor Speaker Series: Mania Hudy

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, the International March of the Living held another “When you listen to a witness, you become a witness” Survivor Speaker Series featuring Mania Hudy, from Canada, in an inspirational Q & A with Dalia Mizrachi, Educator and active member of Fundacion Amigos de Yad Vashem Panama – EMET.

This program was held in partnership with Fundacion Amigos de Yad Vashem Panama – EMET and March of the Living Toronto.

Click on the video player below to watch the full recording of the program. 

Mania Hudy’s story is one of highs and lows. Mania, known affectionately to all who know her as “Buba,” was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1933. She lived a comfortable childhood until the Germans invaded in 1939. When her family was forced into the ghetto, Mania, at just seven years old, smuggled food in to help feed her family, due to her Aryan appearance. When Mania fell ill at the age of 10 with typhus, she and her brother escaped to hide with a non-Jewish couple in a forest. After being expelled from the farmhouse, Mania was sent on a train to Auschwitz with other Polish prisoners, yet ended up in Bergen-Belsen. She survived and was liberated by the American army in 1945.

After the war, Mania miraculously reunited with her mother and siblings and immigrated to Israel by way of France. She then went on to live in Argentina for over a decade. She currently resides in Toronto, Canada and has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mania finds incredible strength in sharing her story with the next generation.