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Oral history interview with Lillian Bàrdos Bekefi

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.1.1 | RG Number: RG-50.964.0001

Lillian Bàrdos Bekefi, born December 9, 1919 in Miskolc, Hungary, describes life before the war; studying piano and voice at a music academy; the invasion of Hungary in 1944 and the restrictions placed on Jews; her father's deportation to a labor camp; his escape, capture, and execution; living with her family in the ghetto from March 1944 until they were deported to Auschwitz at the beginning of June 1944; spending a week in a brick factory on the outskirts of Miskolc before being deported to Auschwitz; the transport to and their arrival at Auschwitz; the selection process and her later deportation to Plaszów; the evacuation of Plaszów; being sent back to Auschwitz with her mother and sister; her mother's separation from her daughters and murder, probably because of injuries sustained at Plaszów; her transfer to a factory in Rochlitz and then to a factory in Calw; how her singing ability helped her to survive; her liberation near Innsbruck, Austria in April 1945 during a forced march from Calw; and marrying Andrew Bekefi, who was a member of the American Army (she had known him before the war) and immigrated to the United States when he was 18 in 1949.

Mrs. Lillian Bekefi
2008 July 12  (interview)
2 sound cassettes.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lillian Bekefi