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Oral history interview with Stephen Curtis

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.12 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0012

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    Oral history interview with Stephen Curtis


    Interview Summary
    Stephen Curtis (né Istvan Kertesz), born September 7, 1918 in Budapest, Hungary, describes growing up in a middle class, non-religious family; being inducted into a work battalion of the Hungarian Army in 1942; how the conditions were not bad and there were several lengthy periods when he could return to Budapest; getting married in April 1944 and having to go back to the camp; working for the Wehrmacht in Poland digging ditches; how his wife and mother-in-law were sent to a camp in Burgenland (now Hungary) and survived; getting back to Burgenland toward the end of the war; his family returning to Budapest on April 18, 1945; immigrating to Israel (then part of Palestine) in 1946; spending time in the Hagana and in the War of Liberation (1948); participating in the battle to open up the road to Jerusalem; moving in 1955 to Australia because he got tired of serving every year in the reserves; and his advice to fellow Jews.
    Stephen Curtis
    Moshe Morris
    interview:  1995 November 19

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Personal Name
    Curtis, Stephen, 1918-

    Administrative Notes

    Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview on November19, 1995, in Melbourne, Australia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired the tape of the interview in July 1996.
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