Anna Hiess (née Fliesser) was born in Vienna, Austria on April 12, 1914. Her family moved to Lemberg in 1918, after Anna’s father’s death. They were an assimilated family and did not experience discrimination before 1938, with the exception that they could not study wherever and whatever they wanted. Anna married in 1938. She left Lemberg with her husband in 1941, shortly after the German invasion. They went to Hrubieszow where they stayed a few months under false identity, leaving when people started to suspect they were Jews. They moved to Garwolin by train where they were helped by Stanislaw Piaskowski and the underground that provided them with a place to live and ration cards. Anna’s job was to conceal the forbidden radio while her husband worked in the income tax department. After the war, they moved to Lodz and started a new life with their son. The family immigrated to Israel in 1950 because Anna’s husband was in danger since he got involved in politics. They were disappointed when they arrived in Tel-Aviv and felt hostility coming from Jews who had lived in Israel since before the war. They decided to immigrate to Montreal in 1952, sponsored by a Canadian family they never met.