Magda Brown recently spoke to more than 100 seventh-grade students at a junior high in Northbrook, Illinois. This speaking engagement had particular meaning for Magda and her family — the audience included the daughter, granddaughter and great-grandson of Dr. Schwartz, a kind friend with whom Magda worked for decades. After Magda arrived in the United States in the late 1940s, Dr. Schwartz, a fellow Hungarian Jew, hired Magda to work in his office and trained her to be a medical assistant. They went on to work together for 40 years, becoming close friends.
Watch this interview with Magda, in which she tells the story of starting a new life in the United States and working with Dr. Schwartz.