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Oral history interview with George Reich

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.97 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0097

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George Reich, born September 21, 1921 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses his family and school; learning a trade; antisemitism at school; hearing about Dachau; contemplating leaving Hungary; being called up to Nagykáta labor garrison in 1942, where he worked building an air field for the Hungarian air force in Szentkirajszabadja; being marched to Ukraine, where he had to build bridges, and how the garrison was taken over by German soldiers; planning to escape; ending up in a hospital in Budapest, where he was issued a paper stating he was “unfit” so he did not have to serve as a laborer anymore; the start of the German occupation of Hungary in March 1944; joining and escaping a battalion; making his way back to Budapest, where he went into hiding; being taken to a railway yard on November 28, 1944 with 10,000 other people; Raoul Wallenberg arriving and calling for those who have Schutz passes to go with him, and how George went with him even though he did not have a Schutz pass; Wallenberg taking George and 100 others to a Swiss safe house; going back to his job of making bags after liberation; how most of his family survived; marrying on October, 7, 1945; and leaving Hungary and moving to Australia in 1949.

Interviewee
George Reich
Interviewer
Anita Fisher
Date
1990 October 06  (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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