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Oral history interview with Erwin Dankner

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.236.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0674

Erwin Dankner, born in 1928 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses his parents, Henry and Catherina; his brother who was born in 1929; his father, who was a very successful jeweler in Budapest; growing up in a wealthy, conservative Jewish family; attending the Rombach synagogue; his father's consideration of emigration several times; leading normal lives before March 1944 when the Germans occupied Hungary; his father's deportation to a labor camp, during which he broke his collarbone and had to recuperate for six weeks; his family escaping death by being able to get into the Kastner Group (Kastner Train), which was assembled to enable certain Jews to leave Hungary; going with 10 of their family members to Bergen-Belsen after his father bribed a German woman to help them; spending six months in the camp and being treated differently from other prisoners; being fed adequately; being sent with a group to Switzerland in the fall of 1944; living in Montreux, Switzerland until 1948; his father being able to retrieve his jewelry instruments from Hungary and continuing his work in Switzerland; sailing to New York, NY; and visiting family in Hungary.


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Interviewee
Mr. Erwin R. Dankner
Interviewer
Leslie Swift
Date
interview:  2012 October 03
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-27 12:50:59
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