World War II (1939-1945)

90-year-old Holocaust survivor stresses importance of education to Catonsville Middle students

90-year-old Holocaust survivor stresses importance of education to Catonsville Middle students

Between the ages of 9 and 16, Edith Mayer Cord lived life as a refugee, fleeing the uncertainty and terror of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers — all the while feeling she should have been living the normal life of a student.

Born Edith Mayer in Vienna in 1928, her family moved from Austria to Italy in 1937. In 1939, fearing the rise of fascism under Benito Mussolini, the Mayers entered France illegally and moved to Nice to seek political asylum. France then fell to Germany in 1940. Cord said police told her brother and father one day to pack up their belongings and say goodbye. That was the last she saw of them. Five years later, she would learn they had died in the gas chambers...

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