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Oral history interview with Helen Lowinger

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.92 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0092

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Helen Lowinger, born December 11, 1908, Nagyatad, Hungary, discusses growing up in Arad, which was occupied by Romania; moving to Vasvar and then to Budapest due to her father’s job issues; marrying a clerk in 1931; having a son in 1933; her husband getting called up to a labor camp in 1940 and returning; the start of the German occupation of Hungary in March 1944; the fates of her extended family; moving into her mother’s apartment at the start of the German occupation, which was declared part of the Jewish ghetto; being given food by a Christian friend; the proclamation on October 15 that the war was lost and a Hungarian Nazi taking over the Hungarian government the next day; all female Jews under 40 having to go to a stadium on October 30, from which they were marched to Isaszeg; digging trenches in Isaszeg for three weeks until the Russians started nearing; being marched to Sopron and then to Kópháza where they dug trenches; being taken to work in a factory in Lichtenwort, Austria on December 19th; a German soldier telling them that they were going to build a “bathhouse”, which she later found out was going to be a gas chamber, but it was too late to do so since it was March 1945; being liberated by the Russians on April 2, 1945; becoming sick with typhus and being hospitalized for six weeks; returning to Hungary; and moving to Australia in 1957.

Interviewee
Helen Lowinger
Interviewer
Irene Stanbrook
Date
1992 May 13  (interview)
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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