Born April 2, 1917, in Tacovo, Czechoslovakia
In 1939, Livia Shacter was 22 years old and living in the small town of Tacovo, Czechoslovakia, when Hungarians marched into and occupied Czechoslovakia. Five years later, the Germans invaded Czechoslovakia. In a matter of weeks they began deporting thousands of Jews to death camps and into slave labor. In August of 1944, Livia and her family were taken to Auschwitz. After four months in Auschwitz, she was deported and forced into slave labor at Fallersleben. In April of 1945, Livia was liberated. She eventually came to the United States in 1947.
Today, Livia is part of the Museum’s Speakers Bureau and a volunteer. She was featured in the Academy Award winning documentary, The Long Way Home.
First Person series Conversation with a Holocaust survivor [2003 season].