Leslie and Eva Aigner’s childhood were marked by horror. Born in different parts of Czechoslovakia as Nazi soldiers took hold, the two took very different paths to survival; both were saved by their families’ strength, shocking kindness by strangers at key moments, and their own inner audacity to survive.
Leslie Aigner died in August of 2021. We are grateful to be able to share his story with you. To learn more about the Aigner’s experiences, read Elizabeth Mehren’s story “Miracles, Memories and a Message” on our website.
Many thanks to Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education for collaborating with us on upcoming exhibit To Bear Witness, which opens on December 12th and features the stories of genocide survivors, and for providing us with the original 1994 audio interviews with Leslie and Eva.
Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. This episode was produced by Degen Larkin and Fran Silverman. Rick March did the audio editing, assisted by Gregg Palmer. Music was composed by Corey Larkin. The original interviews were conducted by Sylvia Franekl, Eric Harper and Lanie Reich. Our executive producer is Sankar Raman.
For more stories, visit theimmigrantstory.org/manyroads, listen live at prp.fm, or stream us wherever you get your podcasts.
This episode is made possible by a generous contribution by Oregon Cultural Trust.