In 1945, the Russian army was on their way to help the Jewish prisoners, so the Nazis were ordered to kill the remaining Jews and then face the Russians themselves. Savta knew a woman who had befriended a Nazi officer. They convinced the officer to abandon them all at a nearby farm. After a few days and a close call, they emerged from the cellar and walked into town. They were found by the Russians and taken to a shelter to rest and eat. When they returned to Szerenc, they learned that their three younger brothers and parents had not survived, yet a few close family friends had. Those who survived married off and began repopulating the Jewish people. A few years later, my family packed up their bags and made aliyah to Israel.
Eva Selymes Reisner’s full story can be found at www.hereisherstory.wordpress.com.