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Oral history interview with Ivan Halasz

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.75 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0075

Ivan Halasz, born February 12, 1911 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses his family, childhood, and school; working at the Bayerische Holzindustrie Gesellschaft in Munich, Germany; returning to Budapest after being laid off in 1931 due to the Great Depression; marrying in 1938; being called up into the Hungarian Army in 1939; serving driving army trucks; being allowed to keep his position in 1941 when Jewish soldiers lost their rank; serving in Ukraine on the Russian front; seeing Jewish Russians walked by the SS to Podosk, where they were killed; serving in Poltava when his company was ordered back to Hungary; rejoining his family; being exempt from forced labor because of his military service; the German invasion of Hungary on March 19, 1944; moving into a Jewish house; being deported to Bergen-Belsen; being put in a special part of the camp as a hostage for exchange; seeing Allied planes fly over the camp; being taken to Lueneburg, Germany then to Berlin, Germany and finally to Theresienstadt; being liberated by the Russian army on May 8, 1945; returning to Budapest; how his wife was killed; his son immigrating to Australia in 1957; and how he and his second wife joined their son in Australia in 1976.

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Ivan Halasz
interview:  1991 March 18
1 sound cassette.
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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.
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