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Oral history interview with Benjamin Elias and Helen Elias

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.67.25 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0025

Benjamin and Helen Elias (born in 1913 outside of Budapest, Hungary) describe their rescue efforts during the war; Helen receiving a medal in 1976 for her efforts; Helen’s family and childhood in Hungary and being raised Catholic; Helen’s feelings that antisemitism was directed at her as a rescuer; getting married in 1937; living in Yugoslavia when the war began; the Hungarian takeover of Yugoslavia; the Hungarian government asking them to leave their home, so soldiers could be put into it; making false papers for hundreds of Jews; immigrating to Israel in 1948 because they did not want to live with antisemitism anymore; and seeing the people who she helped escape from the country.


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Interviewee
Helen Elias
Benjamin Elias
Interviewer
Gay Block
Malka Drucker
Date
interview:  1987 June 30
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:47:37
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