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Oral history interview with Ivan Halasz

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

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    Oral history interview with Ivan Halasz


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Ivan Halasz
    interview:  1991 March 18
    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
    Halasz, Ivan, 1911-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Ivan Halasz 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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