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By: Mitzi J. Levin
Survivor: Aaron, Martin

Martin Aaron and his family were one of only 100 Jewish families living in Sapinta, Romania, in 1940 as antisemitic Hungarians began to occupy the town of 2,500 families. After the occupation, conditions became harsh for the Jewish community. Jews were not allowed to attend school, and Jewish businesses were confiscated. Travel from town to town was prohibited without special permission.

“I grew up in an Orthodox home. It was a good life with a large, loving family,” says Martin. “I attended regular school through seventh grade, but as restrictions grew, school subjects were taught at home. We were forced to worship and receive religious training there, also.

“Our rabbi was a great leader, and we missed attending synagogue. But we continued to worship because we drew strength from the older generations who impressed upon us the importance of our religious heritage.”