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Oral history interview with Paul Benedek

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.214 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0214

Paul Benedek, born in Tótkomlós, Hungary, in 1931, discusses his childhood and his family life; attending public school; men being taken to work camps in 1942 and his father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; visiting him; the entrance of Germans and Jews being sent into the ghetto in 1944; ghettoization with his family; his father's election as head of the Judenrat; their transfer to the Debrecen ghetto; daily life in Debrecen; being deported to Vienna, Austria and then to camp Strasshof; being taken to a camp in Geras, Austria, where he engaged in agricultural work; being transported to Bergen-Belsen; life in Bergen-Belsen; being taken to Terezin; liberation by the Russians on May 6, 1945; traveling by train back to Tótkomlós; participating in Zionist groups; completing university in 1953; the Kastner affair; his immigration to Israel in 1956; his career as a journalist; adjustment to life in Israel; the impact of the Holocaust on familial relationships; and a "pecking order" imposed by some survivors who view his experience as less authentic than those who were in Auschwitz.

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Paul Benedek
interview:  1995 July 20
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:28:54
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