Thomas Pallos

"A complete and unconditional belief in G-d's allowing us to survive. Little miracles, miracles after miracles after miracles."

Name at birth
Tama Pallos
Date of birth
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Hodmezovasarhely, Hungary
Name of father, occupation
Lazslo, Business manager, chief accountant of large hardware store
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Eugenia Fenachel, Homemaker
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Parents, sister Eva (Schoenfeld) and me
Who survived the Holocaust?
Mother, aunt, sister and I
In 1944, when the Germans came in, my family along with all of the Jewish residents of our town, were pushed into the main synagogue which was a beautiful synagogue.  We were taken then to the ghetto in Szeged which was a nearby large city.  My father was taken away, we learned after the war that he had died in Auschwitz.  We were shipped off by cattle cars, maybe 100 people in the cattle car.  We couldn’t breathe, we could not breathe.  We were taken to do forced labor in the fields; the SS had guns always pointed at us.  I was always with my mother, my aunt Paula Fenechel, and my sister.  We were in several camps and finally taken to Theresienstadt. The Russian army liberated us.  
After the war, I returned back to Hungary but the Communists were now in control.  They took away everything from us that we still had left.  I had an uncle who survived, Nicholas Fenechel, who had a beautiful voice.  He was operatically trained.  He came to London and became a famous cantor. Later on, he was hired by Congregation Adat Shalom in Detroit.  We eventually were able to smuggle out of Hungary and came to Germany.  From there, we were able to come to Toronto, Canada and then onto Detroit where my uncle lived.  My sister and I were together; my aunt had remarried and lived in Montreal.  After learning of my father’s death at Auschwitz, my mother died of a broken heart.
Name of Ghetto(s)
Name of Concentration / Labor Camp(s)
Where did you go after being liberated?
Back home to Hungary
Where did you settle?
Toronto, then Detroit
How is it that you came to Michigan?
To be reunited with my uncle
Occupation after the war
Nicholas, musician and teacher
What do you think helped you to survive?
We were hungry everyday. Our family was together, we encouraged each other, we said this can’t last very long, don’t worry, it will be all right.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
A complete and unconditional belief in G-d's allowing us to survive. Little miracles, miracles after miracles after miracles.
Charles Silow
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