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Oral history interview with Nessy Allen

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.56 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0056

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    Oral history interview with Nessy Allen


    Interview Summary
    Nessy Allen, born February 8, 1937 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses her extended family; her family’s lifestyle and accommodations; her family’s religious beliefs and practices; the death of her father in a work camp in Kiev, Ukraine; her father saying goodbye when she was four or five years old; the closing of her school; living with her mother; the restrictions she faced; staying with relatives outside of Budapest; a shortage of and her memories of food; sharing bath water; being taken on forced marches at night; marching on the streets of Budapest; her mother being taken away by soldiers; hiding in their flat when her mother was taken; being taken to a ghetto but being returned to her old flat with her grandparents until the end of the war; escaping bombardment during air raids; the rations; her knowledge of the camps; being told of her mother’s suicide when she made a return visit to Hungary; the Russian occupation; her fear of the Russian soldiers; the death of her grandfather; her grandmother’s immigration to Israel; her aunt and uncle going to Australia in 1939; deciding to go to Australia before she was ten years old; leaving on December 29, 1946; the voyage to Australia; and adjusting to life in Australia.
    Nessy Allen
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Allen, Nessy, 1937-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Nessy Allen for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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