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Oral history interview with Irwin Imhof

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.80 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0080

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    Oral history interview with Irwin Imhof


    Interview Summary
    Erwin Imhof, born March 11, 1930 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses his family background; attending a Lutheran high school until 1941 when he was expelled; starting to attend a Jewish high school; being unaware of serious problems for Jews in Hungary until 1944 when the German occupation began; living in a Swiss safe house for a short time; the men being rounded up and brought to camps; being separated from his mother for a short period of time; his Christian friends organizing a place for them to go into hiding; the decree instructing Jews to leave their homes; his family’s possessions and furniture being taken away; being in hiding for two weeks before another Jew turned him in and he was taken away by the Arrow Cross; realizing the terrible situation they were all in; being interrogated and beaten; being taken to the ghetto, which was closed at that time; someone sneaking into the ghetto and offering to help his family escape, but not wanting to go as the Russians were approaching and there was fighting throughout the city; returning to his home; his father returning from a concentration camp, where he was sent during the German occupation; and rebuilding his life and returning to Jewish school.
    Irwin Imhof
    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.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    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
    Imhof, Irwin, 1930-
    Corporate Name
    Nyilaskeresztes Párt.

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Irwin Imhof 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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