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Oral history interview with Frank Kun

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.121 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0121

Frank Kun, born on June 13, 1937 in Kunmadaras, Hungary, discusses being an only child; his father Lazlo Kun (born 1905), who was a lawyer; his mother Clara Fischer, who was the eldest daughter of a bank manager; growing up in Kunmadaras in his grandfather’s home, in a family more spiritual than religious; the Jewish community in Kunmadaras and in Hungary; his father serving as a Sergeant in the Hungarian Army before being transferred to a work unit in the Russian front due to his Jewishness; his father’s return home due to illness and his death soon after; the slow arrival of antisemitic laws to Hungary and feeling persecuted; the relocation of the Jewish people of Kunmadaras to the Karcag Ghetto; staying in Karcag for three to four weeks before being sent to Szolnok; seeing increased violence in Szolnok; spending three days in Szolnok; the group being split into two trains, one full of family members of those who had died for Hungary and the rest in the other; being in the first train with his family and being sent to Laa, Austria; spending a year working on a farm with Russian POWs; the other train which was sent directly to Auschwitz; being forced with their group in early 1945 to walk to Theresienstadt; life in Theresienstadt, before the Russians liberated it in May 1945; waiting for a week or two after liberation for a train to Hungary; Hungary and Kunmadaras after the war; moving to Australia after the Hungarian Revolution in 1956; his belief that his experience in the Holocaust has made him a more tolerant person; antisemitism in Australia; and his belief that the world in general is a better place for Jews.


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Interviewee
Frank Kun
Interviewer
Moshe Morris
Date
interview:  1996 November 10
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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