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Oral history interview with Arie Raich

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.245 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0245

Arie Raich, born in Mezőkovácsháza, Hungary in 1922, recounts being the oldest of six children; his family's poverty; attending public school and cheder; his bar mitzvah; studying in Békéscsaba, Hungary; living with an aunt in Budapest, Hungary; working in a factory; visiting his father in a work camp; the German invasion; working with the Va'adat (Relief and Rescue Committee) under Fülöp Freudiger, a member of the Judenrat, arranging to smuggle Jews to Romania; traveling to Szentes, Hungary then Szeged, Hungary; obtaining blank documents to make false papers; returning to Budapest with his future wife and her relatives; obtaining housing from his former boss; two sisters joining them; preparing forged documents; his arrest and incarceration in Kistarcsa; obtaining a false birth certificate for his release; forging papers resulting in releases for others; obtaining papers for his father and others from Raoul Wallenberg; placing his father in a Swedish safe house; obtaining funds from the committee to provide food for Jewish children in a Red Cross safe house; liberation by Soviet troops; assistance from the Joint; his marriage in 1945; immigrating to Israel via Vienna, Austria; reuniting with his brother; learning his mother and sister were killed in Auschwitz; and not discussing his experiences with his grandchildren, thinking they would not believe him.

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Arie Raich
interview:  1995 June 01
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:29:00
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