Aranka Siegal, one of seven children, was raised in Beregszász, Hungary. During World War II, when Aranka was thirteen, she and her family were moved from their home to the Beregszász brick factory, which had been turned into a ghetto to house Jews. Shortly thereafter, they were deported to Auschwitz. Upon their arrival on May 9, 1944, she and her older sister were separated from the rest of the family, and they never saw them again.Eventually, the two girls were sent to Bergen-Belsen, and in 1945 they were rescued by the British First Army. Through the Swedish Red Cross, Aranka and her sister were then taken to Sweden, where they lived for three and a half years before immigrating to the United States.