At the age of fourteen she was deported to Auschwitz with her family. Only Fabri and her mother survived. After their liberation they returned to their hometwon, which they left in 1956, they moved to New York, where Fabri graduated from Hofstra University in history and literature. She married Emery Fabri in Hungary, but the couple later divorced. She moved to San Francisco cca. 1972. With the help of college students she started interviewing holocaust survivors, which she collected in a book called Crickets Would Sing.
After her death in January 2006 in San Francisco, Dr. Matthew McKay established the Fabri Literary Prize in her honor.