Agnes Sekely Heller was ten years old in March 1944 when Germany invaded Budapest, Hungary. Her father was warned by friends about impending deportations and he immediately started making plans to go into hiding. Agnes spent the summer at an estate where her family was hiding in a pantry, except for her older sister who was sent to live with Christians. In September they were all forced to leave. Agnes’s father secured her a place to stay with Gyula and Lujzi Halmi who took her in and hid her identity. Agnes stayed with them through liberation in January 1945 until she returned to her family. In 1948, she and her family emigrated from Hungary due to the restrictive Russian occupation.