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Oral history interview with Erzsébet Bereczki

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.6 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0006

Erzsebet Bercki, 76 years old at the time of the interview in Nagykallo, discusses how her family hid three Jewish men; seeing Jews marching down a road and the bodies of those who had been shot; soldiers passing through her home frequently during the Battle of Debrecen when German and Soviet soldiers fought in the forest by her house; her memory of Jewish men hiding in a ditch by her house; how her parents devised a code using food to indicate whether the soldiers were Soviet and the environment was safe or if the soldiers were German; how the Jewish men in hiding would interpret Russian for her family; hiding in a bunker for several days with Jews and local women in fear of being raped; hearing people talking about breaking into and stealing furniture from houses previously owned by Jews; meeting people who had acquired the furniture; and an antisemitic song that she learned from a German soldier who spoke Hungarian.

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Erzsébet Bereczki
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2011 May 26
2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-03-26 06:46:54
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