But now, the Nazis caught up with them. It was announced in April 1944 that all Hungarian Jews must now move to ghettoes. The Ovitzs were taken from their village of Rozavlea to the nearby town of Dragomiresti where there was a ghetto.
Their stay in the Dragomiresti was a short one and they were next ordered to the nearest train station, a nine-hour march away. The Ovitzs were fortunate enough to find a wagon for the journey. But that was when any idea of good fortune ended. The three-day train journey took them to a terrible destination, the Auschwitz death camp in annexed Polish territory.