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Oral history interview with Elizabeth Reti

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.99 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0099

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    Oral history interview with Elizabeth Reti


    Interview Summary
    Elizabeth Reti, born May 27, 1912 in Dombegyhaza, Hungary, discusses her childhood; attending school until age 15; marrying in 1934 and having a son in 1936; learning photography, and working in a photography shop until the start of the German occupation; her husband being called up to work as a forced laborer, and dying at the Don river in Russia in 1943; contracting tuberculosis, and remaining sick for years; her whole family being forced to move into a Jewish house in 1944 after the start of the German occupation of Hungary; a prominent Hungarian Nazi couple who lived in the same house who helped Elizabeth and her father from being taken away by other Nazis; testifying as a witness for this couple after the war, which spared them from being hanged; having to move to a different room in the ghetto; seeing Hungarian troops herding hundreds of Jews onto the ghetto streets and shooting them dead before the Russians’ arrival; sanitation in the ghetto; the lack of news about the progress of the war while she was in the ghetto; being liberated by the Russians, who opened up the ghetto; returning back to their original home, where a Christian family was living; going to a sanitarium until 1946 when she was allowed to go back home and start working again; living in Budapest for the remainder of her life; and having a son, Robert Reti, who is a child survivor living in Australia.
    Elizabeth Reti
    Irene Stanbrook
    interview:  1991 March 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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    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.

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    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Elizabeth Reti on March 13, 1991 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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