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Margit was born in Hungary and was classically trained at the Hungarian State Opera Ballet Academy. When she was seventeen years old, the ballerina travelled to Italy to perform. Later, she married Pasquale Frustaci, a Roman Catholic who was a famous orchestra director and music composer. In 1936, they had a son name Cesare.

In 1938, the Italian government issued anti-Semitic laws and began expelling foreign Jews from the country. Margit went back Hungary with her son. They were not allowed to return home.

Margit and her son were forced to live inside a Yellow Star house within a ghetto for Jews. She was forbidden from performing on stage because she was Jewish. In attempt to increase her son’s chance of survival, Margit made the heartbreaking decision to send him out on the street with only a piece of bread and his Catholic baptismal certificate. Eventually, he was captured and sent in a boxcar to a youth detention camp. Margit was sent to a slave labor camp in Germany and forced to work for a bombshell factory.

After liberation from Sachsenhausen, Margit spent almost two years searching for her son, unaware that the International Red Cross placed him in a new home. She walked all the way from Hungary, searched 183 villages, and finally found him on a pig farm with an adoptive family. Once they were reunited, education was their first priority. They returned to Budapest and resumed their lives.

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