The Nomad - Elisabeth Kasza
In more senses than one, Elisabeth Kasza was indeed a nomad. During the war she was deported and sent from one concentration camp to another. She then had to go into exile to flee the Communist dictatorship. After becoming an actress, she travelled within herself, from character to character.
Elisabeth was born in Hungary, into a family of Jewish origin converted to Protestantism. Under the Nazis, her parents were confined in a ghetto, then deported. Elisabeth shared with them the fate of 440,000 Hungarian Jews send to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.
Like the majority of the deportees, her father was murdered there on arrival. Elisabeth was separated from her mother, then transferred successively to the camps of Bergen-Belsen, Duderstadt and Terezin (Theresienstradt). Her story gives us the observation of a sensitive and cultivated woman whose youth was caried off in torment and horror.