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Balint family papers

Document | Accession Number: 2015.160.1

The memoir “Remember it Well: A Father’s Story,” was written by Pal Balint in Jászberény, Hungary from late 1943 until January 1944. The memoir is a retelling of his daughter’s life, and his imagining what her life in New York was like, based on the letters he received from her, and he expressed his own longing for the family to be reunited. In the memoir, he refers to the difficult circumstances in Hungary of that period, and how his only communication with Susan was through infrequent letters via the Red Cross. Two of those letters, from June 1942 and October 1943—the latter announcing Susan’s marriage to George Foldes—are included in this collection. The published Hungarian version of Pál’s memoir, Családi történet, which appeared in 2000, was also donated as part of this collection, and is available in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Library.

The essay by Jancsi (John) Balint, “The Story of My Early Life in Hungary,” recalls his childhood, his family’s reaction to his sister’s departure for the United States in 1939, the rising anti-Semitism in their city and throughout Hungary, conscription into forced labor, his postwar trek from Hungary to a displaced persons camp in Austria (Linz-Bindermichl) and his eventual emigration via Italy.

The series “Original Stories” by Susan Foldes contains various writings, mostly memoirs, compiled by Foldes from 1970 onward, both published and unpublished. The collection also contains a family tree for the Balint family; the text of a 1998 sermon presented by Kathy Foldes at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Washington County, Oregon, reflecting on her family’s experiences during the Holocaust; and photographs of the family.

Another memoir, “My Story: Another Holocaust Survivor,” by Gibor Weinberger, a second cousin of Susan Foldes, was donated at the same time, and is cataloged separately.

inclusive:  1942-2012
1 box
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Katherine Foldes
Record last modified: 2021-11-10 13:03:38
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