Survivor STORY

Philip Gross was born in the small village of Palonok in the Carpathian Mountains of Czechoslovakia, in an area later ceded to Hungary. The Gross family included six sons and a daughter. The family was deported to the Munkacs ghetto in the spring of 1944. A few weeks later, Philip and his family were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where his parents and many extended family members perished. Philip also survived forced labor camps and was liberated by the Russians.

After liberation, Philip made his way back to Munkacs, and was caught there when the Iron Curtain fell. He lived and worked as a tailor in Mukacs for twenty-five years, until through the efforts of his family in America, he was finally allowed to emigrate.

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Phillip Gross