Alice, born Alice Edelstein, was the youngest of two children raised in a Jewish family in the Bohemian village of Hostoun, near Prague. Shortly after Alice was born, her father moved the family to Vienna. There, Alice's father owned a wholesale shoe business. As a child, Alice attended public school and also received a religious education.
1933-39: After graduating from business school, I had a hard time finding a job because of the economic depression in Austria. In 1936 my father let me work in his office, but I was glad to find a job in another office in 1938. I was there only one month when the Germans annexed Austria in March. The Nazis began attacking Jews throughout the city. It broke my heart to leave my parents, but I left for Prague to escape the Nazi terror.
1940-44: In May 1942 I was deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto. On arriving I saw my uncle. He told me that my transport was bound for another destination, and the only way I could stay would be if he declared that I was his bride. He did. I stayed and my transport left a few days later, though no one knew to where. A year later I was deported to Auschwitz, and from there sent in 1944 with 500 women to work in Hamburg cleaning rubble from the streets and factories.