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Oral history interview with Benjamin Elias and Helen Elias

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

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    Oral history interview with Benjamin Elias and Helen Elias


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Helen Elias
    Benjamin Elias
    Gay Block
    Malka Drucker
    interview:  1987 June 30

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

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    Gay Block
    Gay Block and Malka Drucker produced the interview with Benjamin and Helen Elias on June 30, 1987 for their book "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust," Holmes & Meier, 1992, as well as their documentary film "They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust." The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch received the tapes of the interviews from Malka Drucker and Gay Block in March 1989.
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