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Oral history interview with Helen Lowinger

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

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    Oral history interview with Helen Lowinger


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Helen Lowinger
    Irene Stanbrook
    interview:  1992 May 13
    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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    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
    Lowinger, Helen, 1908-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Helen Lowinger on May 13, 1992 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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