Hedi was born in Hungary on May 8th 1927. She went into hiding in Vienna with a Christian family, before being captured and taken to the factory Strasshof. There she made friends with a girl, Alice, who stuck with her throughout the war. They escaped to Vienna together with the help of a foreman at the factory, and then went back to Hungary when the war finished.
Hedi was reunited with her only surviving family member, her brother and was brought to Great Britain by an uncle who had moved there before the war. She settled in London and worked as a social worker for the Jewish Welfare Board. Hedi opened a matchmaking agency which she ran for twenty-five years before retiring. She has one daughter and a grandson, who live outside of the UK. Hedi has care support from the Association of Jewish Refugees.