Leah Linton led an idyllic childhood in her native Vienna.
The youngest of three children, she had loving parents, attended a good school and enjoyed a large circle of friends. Her days were spent ice skating in the winter, swimming and exploring the city's verdant parks in the summer.
In March of 1938, at the age of 12, her world fell apart. "Hitler occupied Austria and the Austrian people never resisted him,'' Linton recalled Friday during the annual Holocaust remembrance ceremony at the state Capitol. "There was fear and anxiety amongst the Jews.''
The following day, Linton's best friend told her they could no longer be friends. "I cried because I...