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Oral history interview with Irwin Imhof

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

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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.

Interviewee
Irwin Imhof
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette.
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.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:56:53
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