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Robert Ratonyi, 80, was a 6-year-old boy in Budapest, Hungary in 1944 during World War II when Nazi-sympathizer Hungarian troops forced him and hundreds more Jews into a fenced ghetto in the town. His father died in a German labor camp. His mother was forced to march nearly 100 miles intro Austria to a different labor camp but survived. Ratonyii shares his Holocaust survivor story to a crowd of 600 in Kennesaw Ga. Pictured: Ratonyi shares story with picture of young Jewish children wearing required yellow star to mark them as Jews. / Special

Robert Ratonyi, a child survivor of the Jewish Holocaust, will be the guest speaker at the Atlanta World War ll Roundtable’s monthly luncheon meeting March 21 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road in Dunwoody. The public is invited to attend.

Ratonyi, who was born in Budapest, Hungary, later became a Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering degree graduate and a business executive in Atlanta. He was only 6 when he was forced to wear a yellow star (to identify himself as Jewish) and face the terrors of war and ghetto life without his parents, both of whom were deported.

The meeting will start at 11 a.m., and lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and includes a salad bar, entree with sides, dessert and beverage. The price for the entire program is $20 per person and $35 per couple. RSVP is required so the church has enough food for everyone.

For more information, visit www.atlantawwiiroundtable.org. To RSVP, call 770-457-4409. Future meetings will be held April 25 and June 27, featuring military speakers at each one.


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