A thirteen-year-old girl, Eva Heyman, wrote these lines in her secret diary on May 30, 1944 - her last diary entry. She called her diary 'my best friend' and poured her fears into it:
Yet, my little Diary, I don't want to die, I still want to live .. I would wait for the end of the war in a cellar, or in the attic, or any hole, I would, my little Diary, I would even allow that cross-eyed gendarme who took the flour from us to kiss me, only not to be killed, only to be left alive!
Heyman was born in Nagyvarad, Hungary in 1931. The family security
collapsed, however, when Nazi Germany invaded Hungary. Eva lived with her
grandparents, because her parents divorced and her mother, in the diary
called Agi, remarried. The family were at great risk because they were
Jewish, and Eva and her grandparents were arrested and deported to the
death camp Auschwitz on June 2, 1944. They were killed October, 1944.
"A good-hearted female doctor was trying to hide my child, but Mengele found her without effort. Eva's feet were full of sore wounds. 'Now look at you', Mengele shouted, 'you frog, your feet are foul, reeking with pus! Up with you on the truck!' He transported his human material to the crematorium on yellow-colored trucks. Eyewitnesses told me that he himself had pushed her on to the truck."
Heyman, thirteen-years-old, was gassed that same day, on October 17, 1944