In 2008, Margaret Weisz’s passing prompted her 11-year-old great granddaughter, Sari, to ask: “Why don’t I know Grandma’s Holocaust story?"
This resonating question led Danna – Sari’s mother and Margaret’s granddaughter – to make a film. After years of research, Margaret and Arthur’s Story came to life.
Margaret and Arthur’s Story chronicles the Weiszes’ experiences during WWII, their escape from Hungary to Canada and their new life in Hamilton. Told through the eyes of living Weisz descendants, this documentary addresses the themes of courage, survival and love, and educates youth about the need for tolerance and kindness in our world.
Theirs is a story of courage, survival and love – a story that educates youth about the need for tolerance and kindness in our world.
Margaret Stadler and Arthur Weisz grew up in Moson, Hungary, where they lived on the same street.
When WWII began, their lives of relative luxury ended. Arthur was forced into the Hungarian army. He quickly married his love, Margaret, in an attempt to save her from deportation, but this didn’t work.
In 1944, Margaret was pushed onto a crowded cattle car with her mother and brother. Ending up in Auschwitz, a concentration camp in Poland, she was separated from her family and forced to labour in a nearby factory. Margaret never saw her brother or mother again.
At the end of the war in 1945, Margaret returned to Moson and reunited with Arthur. They started a family and a successful business, but found the post-war communist government repressive. In a dramatic escape, they trekked through the forests into Austria and—after spending time in a camp for displaced persons—moved to Hamilton, Ontario, in Canada.
Once here, theirs was a story of hope. They had another child and watched their family grow, and Arthur—who became a respected landowner—dedicated his professional efforts to helping immigrants find safe housing.
"My hope is that by showing what they overcame and how they devoted the rest of their lives to helping others, this documentary will be an inspiration for generations to come.”