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Oral history interview with Francis Akos

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1990.412.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0006

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    Oral history interview with Francis Akos


    Interview Summary
    Francis Akos, born on March 30, 1922 in Budapest, Hungary, describes his childhood; attending a music academy, from which he graduated in 1941; becoming the concertmaster for the Budapest Jewish Community Cultural Center orchestra; being drafted for forced labor into the Hungarian Army in 1943; getting captured with other Jews in Budapest while on leave from the army to get fresh clothes; being sent by train to Neuengamme on November 4, 1944; playing violin in the camp; his evacuation from Neuengamme on May 3, 1945 and being transported by the ship Cap Arcona, a passenger liner that was evacuating refugees from West Prussia; the British mistakenly attacking the Cap Arcona and three other prisoner ships, which resulted in eight thousand deaths; returning to Budapest after the war; and immigrating to the United States in 1954.
    Mr. Francis Akos
    Linda G. Kuzmack
    interview:  1990 June 18
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    1 videocassette (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interview can not be used for sale in the Museum Shop.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Akos, Francis, 1922-

    Administrative Notes

    Linda Kuzmack, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Francis Akos on June 18, 1990.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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