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Oral history interview with Adrienne Schwartz

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.104 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0104

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    Oral history interview with Adrienne Schwartz


    Interview Summary
    Adrienne Schwartz, born June 7, 1932 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses her family and schooling; her father’s job; early experiences with antisemitism; having good relationships with her neighbors, despite one of them belonging to the Arrow Cross party; her father being called into army service; her father being taken to a labor camp directly from the army; difficulties her family encountered after her father was taken away; watching the Germans march in during the start of the occupation in March 1944; being forced to move into a Jewish house with a yellow star on it in June 1944; the family who moved into her family’s house; her mother giving instructions every time she went out shopping in case she didn’t return; her father returning after escaping while journeying through Budapest on a deportation; a policeman and Arrow Cross youth coming to her house and forcing her family to move into the Budapest ghetto, while her father hid in their shed; witnessing the building of the ghetto walls; seeing all people between the ages of 16 and 65, including her mother, be forced to assemble in the courtyard of their building to for deportation; leaving with her sibling to live with her aunt outside the ghetto, until her aunt was deported too in October 1944, but returned soon after escaping deportation; moving into the ghetto with her aunt during late October; life in the ghetto; hearing Russian artillery; air raids; living in a Red Cross house for ten days; moving back into her aunt’s flat; liberation; and moving to Australia.
    Adrienne Schwartz
    Herta Imhof
    interview:  1990 November 08
    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 Adrienne Schwartz on November 8, 1990 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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