Magda Herzberger

Magda Herzberger, born February 20, 1926 in Northern Transylvania (now Cluj, Romania) to Serena Daszkal and Herman Mozes. is an author, poet, lecturer, and composer.[1] Herzberger is a survivor of the Auschwitz, Bremen, and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. Her book Survival is an account of her early life, her time in the camps and eventual liberation, and her reunion with her mother.[2]

Early life

Herzberger was born in Northern Transylvania, which is modern day Romania. She is an only child to her mother Serena Daszkal and her father Herman. Despite being an only child she grew up in the company of many cousins. She lost 80% of her family due to the German concentration camps. Including her father, who was killed in Dachau. However, her mother was a Holocaust survivor. The two were eventually reunited after World War II. Serena Daszkal died in 1994 at the age of 93.[3]

At the age of 18, Herzberger spent 6 weeks inside the Nazi Concentration camp of Auschwitz. She was later transferred to Bremen to perform forced labor while the city was being bombed by the Allied troops. She was transferred again in March of 1945 to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She was given the task of disposing of the bodies that would accumulate throughout the barracks. Collapsed from exhaustion, Herzberger was found barely alive among the corpses by a liberating British soldier.[4]

In late 1945, she returned to her home town of Cluj. She completed her Bachelor of Science, and then started at King Ferdinand Medical School, where she met her husband. Due to fear of communist forces within the area, they decided to flee to Israel. However, their ship was captured by the British in the Aegean Sea. They were brought to Cyprus, and held in a prison camp until they were permitted to enter Israel in 1949.[4]

Literary works

Herzberger has authored 8 published books. In addition to collections of smaller works. She has also composed numerous musical compositions such as "Seduction", "Requiem", and "Prayer".[3]

  • Survival - An autobiography detailing her experience of the Holocaust.[5]
  • The Waltz of the Shadows, Second Edition - A collection of poems arranged as an autobiography.[6]
  • If You Truly Love Me - These are a collection of romantic love poems dedicated to her husband.[7]
  • Devotional Poetry - A collection of religious prayer and poems.[8]
  • Dreamworld - A collection of short stories inspired by her dreams of the Holocaust.[9]
  • Tales of the Magic Forest - A collection of children's fairy tales.[10]
  • Transcript of Magda Herzberger 1980 Interview - Includes the transcripts from a series of interviews of Herzberger from the Wisconsin Historical Society.[4]
  • Midnight Musings - A collection of poems, with themes of fantasy and spiritual devotion.[11]
  • Songs of Life - A collection of poems of varying subjects.
  • Surviving Hard Times - A book with life lessons about overcoming challenges. [12]

Personal life

Magda Herzberger is married to Eugene Herzberger, a neurosurgeon who began his career in Israel. The couple lived in Israel for 9 years until they immigrated into the United States. They have a son, Henry and a daughter, Monica, who illustrates Herzberger's books.[13] The family lived in Monroe, Wisconsin, where Eugene Herzberger practiced medicine for 20 years.[4] They currently reside in Arizona.[14]

Magda Herzberger spends her time educating the public about her experiences and perspectives within the holocaust. In addition to creating her literary and musical compositions, she spends her time lecturing about her life and faith.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Magda Herzberger - Holocaust Survivor, writer, and poet". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  2. ^ "Jewish News of Phoenix". 1994-03-29. Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  3. ^ a b "About Magda Herzberger". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  4. ^ a b c d "Magda Herzberger | Oral Histories: Wisconsin Survivors of the Holocaust | Wisconsin Historical Society". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  5. ^ "Magda's Books - Survival". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  6. ^ "Magda's Books - The Waltz of the Shadows". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  7. ^ "Magda's Books - If You Truly Love Me". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  8. ^ "Magda's Books - Devotional Poetry". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  9. ^ "Magda's Books - Dreamworld". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  10. ^ "Magda's Books - Tales of the Magic Forest". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  11. ^ "Magda's Books - Midnight Musings". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  12. ^ "Magda's Books - Survival". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  13. ^ "Vail Daily". 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  14. ^ "Magda Herzberger". Retrieved 2018-11-08.

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