From the Danube to the Yarra (Gertrude Mayer Aldor)

Trude’s story is about far more than her war years

Description

In this memoir Gertrude ‘Trude’ Mayer Aldor recounts the momentous events that took her from a comfortable childhood in Bratislava,  Czechoslovakia, through near death experiences during World War Two, to her experiences in Switzerland, England, France, and finally a full and satisfying life in Melbourne, Australia.

Trude’s wartime experiences were truly remarkable: caught trying to sneak into Hungary from Czechoslovakia; speaking to the ‘Angel of Death’ in Auschwitz, who told other women who knew her to look after her; saved from dying in a factory camp in Freiberg by a German doctor; being transported to Mauthausen in the very last days of the war and returning home so weak that she could not walk and could barely hold a spoon.

Ultimately, however, Trude’s story is about far more than her war years. It is the story of a strong, intelligent, and courageous woman, the people she held most dear, and the life that she and her husband, Richard, fashioned in Melbourne, Australia.