Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
First Church Congregational - 148 Beach Rd, Fairfield, CT
Endre (Andy) Sarkany was born in Budapest, Hungary on October 31, 1936. The building he lived in was located inside the Budapest ghetto which is where he remained during the Holocaust. The building housed a nursery/kindergarten on the ground floor which was affiliated with the Jewish Agency of Hungary led by Mr. Eugene Polnay. The building also housed a dance, acrobat, and ballet studio on the top floor. These facts were significant in Endre's survival and that of at least 150 orphaned children. Endre's father was taken to Mauthausen concentration camp in the spring of 1944. Fortunately, he did survive the war.
After World War II, Hungary became a Communist nation. Although Endre graduated from high school in 1955, he was not accepted to university because he was deemed an undesirable element of society. This label was given to anyone who owned a business before the communists took over the country.
Endre was fortunate to escape Hungary after the October 1956 uprising and emigrated to the United States. He received his Bachelor's degree from Tusculum College in Tennessee and his Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Endre worked for both the McDonnell Douglas Corporation and the IBM Corporation.
Over the past 10 years, Endre has been speaking to students about his personal experiences during the Holocaust, living under the brutality of the Soviet regime in Hungary, and finding a home in the United States.
Mr. Sarkany is married, has a daughter and a son, and five grandchildren.