West Boca women share bond formed by Holocaust

Posted at 8:15 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 09:49:07-05

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It hits close to home for many South Floridians.

There are more than 1,000 survivors living in the Palm Beaches, including two women who now share an unbreakable bond.

You can't keep Magda and Agnes apart. The Hungarian woman are almost always smiling. But their past is much darker.

"Horrible, Auschwitz was horrible," Magda Frohlinger says.

Both women were imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during the Holocaust.

Frohlinger remembers seeing friends marched off to death chambers.

"You see a big group going and after less than half an hour, you see a big flame," she explains.

Agnes Glick says she lied about her age, telling German Nazis she was older than she was. That way she could stay with her family.

She was sent to five different concentration camps, including Auschwitz twice. Throughout it all, Glick says her father's voice constantly echoed in her mind.

"Do everything what they say, try to survive and take care of your sister. So that's on my mind, that's what I did," Glick remembers.

Soviet forces liberated the Holocaust's deadliest camp 71 years ago today.

Frohlinger and Magda ended up in Israel after the war, where they met. Now, they both live in West Boca Raton.

"64 years we are together, and we are survivors and it's very important the young generation know what happened," Glick points out.

The women celebrate their past at events sponsored by Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.

They say hatred may have linked them, but they want the world to focus on how love was able to overcome it all.

"I am happy I am here and I can tell the story for everybody," Glick says smiling.