Augusta Appel was born on Oct. 16, 1908 in Drohobycz, Galicia (Poland) as Augusta Marienberg. She grew up in Vienna’s 17th District and attended Realgymnasium, the local high school. She participated early in her life in the Jewish sports organization Hakoah, and she met her husband, Leon Apfelschnitt, in a ballroom at the famous Hotel Metropole, a building that was later used by the Nazis as Gestapo headquarters. After Hitler's Anschluss of Austria, she had to stand in line at the Gestapo for many days to get information about her husband, who had been arrested and sent to Dachau concentration camp. She was arrested in the streets of Vienna in 1938, but could escape later in 1938, immigrating to the USA via London, England. Augusta Appel and her husband settled in Plantation, Florida.