Unconquered: Murray Lynn

Murray Lynn, originally Moshe Leicht, was born in 1930 in Bilke, Hungary.   Murray was the oldest of four children of a middle class family. In April, 1944, the Arrow Cross, the Hungarian equivalent of the Gestapo, surrounded all the Jewish homes in Bilke. After a short time in a ghetto, Murray and his family were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where his mother and three brothers were immediately taken to be murdered in the gas chamber. Murray was forced to work twelve-hour days in construction sites. As the Allied forces approached, the prisoners were evacuated from Auschwitz and forced on a death march that lasted for many weeks.

Murray was liberated by American forces in April, 1945. He  went back home to Bilke, hoping in vain to find family. He then joined up with a group of other young, orphaned survivors, with whom he went to England and then to Dublin, Ireland.

A hundred Jewish children from Slovakia were granted temporary visas to spend one year in Ireland in 1948 to rest and recover from the traumas they suffered in the Holocaust. All the arrangements for their stay, including the procurement of the castle and transporting of the children from Europe, was organised by Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld, a man who worked tirelessly to save Jewish lives and to help retain Jewish heritage before, during and after the war They had to leave Ireland after twelve months.

Eleven of the children returned to Ireland for a three day reunion at the end of April 2013. They went back to Clonyn Castle, where they had stayed during their sojourn and also to the village of Delvin in County Westmeath.  When Murray returned to Ireland, he brought with him this DVD of his experiences during the Holocaust.