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Oral history interview with Yehuda Mandel

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0148

Lewis Yehuda Mandel, born in Csépa, Hungary on March 3, 1904, describes growing up with six siblings; attending cheder and eventually Yeshiva to become a cantor; his draft into the Czechoslovakian army and serving until April 1926; leaving the army and becoming a cantor in a synagogue in Vienna, Austria, where he stayed until he took a job in a synagogue in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia in 1927; remaining in Yugoslavia until 1934, when he moved to Budapest; his placement into a ghetto in 1941 but managing to escape and hide in a protected house; adopting a Christian identity in November of 1944 and becoming a runner for Raoul Wallenberg's Schutzpässe system, which provided Jews with false documentation papers; working with this underground system until the end of the war; returning to Budapest in 1946 to head a group that restored and rebuilt his partially destroyed synagogue; and immigrating to Palestine after the war and then to the United States in 1948.

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Yehuda Mandel
Linda G. Kuzmack
interview:  1990 November 30
Oral histories.
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-06-24 14:46:21
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