Agnes Lowinger was born on December 9, 1922 in Miskolc, Hungary. Her parents were Malvina and Arnold Lowinger. At age 17 she married Andrew Weinberger, who was drafted by the Hungarian army, contracted tuberculosis and was sent to a sanitarium, where he died. |
When the Germans occupied Hungary, her father and brother were sent to Auschwitz, never to be seen again. Soon after, she and her mother, along with an aunt and cousin, were put on a cattle train bound for Auschwitz, arriving there on June 16, 1944, when Agnes was 21 years old. Her mother went straight to the gas chamber. Agnes was sent to the Allendorf labor camp, where she worked with munitions. When the front got close to the camp, Agnes was sent on a death march to another camp, but on the way she escaped and was liberated by American forces.
After the war she met and married her second husband, Bernard Schwarzberg, and gave birth to her son, Henry. The family moved to New York in 1949, and later they moved to California. Agnes and Bernard were divorced around 1973, and in 1977 Agnes married David Tennenbaum.
Agnes lived for many years in Phoenix, Arizona, and in 2006 she moved to Mobile, Alabama, where she spent the rest of her life speaking about her Holocaust experiences in schools, churches, and civic organizations.
Agnes died on May 30, 2016 and is buried in the Ahavas Chesed Cemetery in Mobile.