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Oral history interview with Lewis Rossinger

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1263.28 | RG Number: RG-50.166.0028

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Lewis Rossinger, born August 31, 1928 in Szahkoly, Hungary, describes his family background; his education; antisemitism; his father, who was a horse breeder and butcher, and his mother, who was a fashion designer; his three siblings; being sent to Budapest for school at the age of 13; living with an aunt in Budapest; the increase in persecution against Jews; correspondence from his father, who had been deported to a camp; being alone in Budapest after 1943; receiving help from the Hungarian Jewish Relief Agency; Raoul Wallenberg’s efforts to save Jews; Russians surrounding Budapest; going to work in a hotel; escaping a convoy that was caught in the crossfire from Russian troops; wearing the boots and clothes of dead soldiers and nearly being mistaken for a German soldier; trying to return to Szahkoly and getting caught by Germans and sent to Mauthausen; conditions in the camp and being assigned to clean up dead bodies; being liberated by American troops; befriending an American major; returning to Szahkoly; spending a year in a displaced persons camp; going to the United States in July 1946; attending school in Kentucky; living in Columbia, SC; his children; and the anger he still feels.

Interviewee
Lewis Rossinger
Date
1991 September 05  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videotape reels (1" Type C) : sound, color ; 1 in..