Title: The Innocent Must Pay
Author: Maria Horwath Tenz
Media Type: Book
Lending Status: Borrow
How Acquired: ZVA purchase for SGS
Review/Description: The Innocent Must Pay by Maria Horwath Tenz offers yet another perspective of the post-war treatment of the Donauschwaben. Maria was just entering her teens when her ordeal started and she faced most of it without the support of her family. As the Red Army approached, her family sent her off with the retreating German troops. Her convoy was overtaken and she was interned. Eventually she was reunited with her family in Rudolfsgnad, where many Zichydorfers were also interned. Unfortunately, her family soon perished and she was again on her own, although other camp inmates tried to help her. She experienced many beatings and narrowly escaped sexual assault many times.