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Oral history interview with Mihály Szűcs

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.7 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0007

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Mihály Szűcs, a retired teacher 81 years old at the time of the interview, discusses witnessing local Jews being deported from Pocspetri village; Jews being required to wear the Star of David badges on their clothes; hearing about a Jewish employee losing her job at the town hall because of her background; his memory of Jewish families saying farewell because the next morning they had to report to the town hall with their belongings; his parents’ social democratic leanings; his parents’ anger about their friends’ deportation; seeing horse-drawn carts taking Jews away; his father visiting his Jewish friends in the Nyiregyhaza ghetto; hearing about the Arrow Cross and how they were not particularly cruel; the range in brutality among the gendarmes; his feeling that his community was not antisemitic; hearing about an attractive Jewish woman who was spared by a German soldier; and his memories of how after the war a local priest spoke against the deportations.

Interviewee
Mihály Szűcs
Interviewer
Ms. Borbála Kriza
Date
2011 May 27  (interview)
Language
Hungarian
Extent
2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:41:03
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