Germany had known about the ceasefire, and even before Horthy’s radio announcement, the German army had crossed the Austrian border into Hungary. By the time the radio announcement came on, German soldiers were already taking up positions in every Hungarian city and town, occupying the whole country.
It was all over for us. We would not survive this war after all. David and I stepped aside, as far away from Mother as possible. We didn’t want to make her any more anxious, yet we had to discuss this turn of events.
David made it clear that he wasn’t going to be dragged into the ghetto and certain death. My own resolve began to take shape: I would not surrender; I would find a way to survive, on my own, if necessary.