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Oral history interview with Klari Rudnai

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0032 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0093

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    Oral history interview with Klari Rudnai


    Interview Summary
    Klari Rudnai (née Takacs), born May 19, 1930 in Budapest, Hungary, describes her well-to-do family that was not at all religious; her older sister; her father, who was her hero, and her strict mother; how their cook was instrumental in saving their lives by getting counterfeit papers with non-Jewish names for them and by bringing them food as they hid in a one-room apartment in 1944; moving to a nice hotel and having to go to the hotel’s underground bunkers during all the bombing for almost nine months; her father’s seven siblings, who were all sent to Auschwitz; going back to the hotel, the Vadasqur, until it too was bombed; moving to a new villa in 1946; how when she was 19 years she was picked up by Russian soldiers in a jeep and had to fight her way out of an attack by them and was saved by American soldiers who took her to the hospital for a few days; marrying an American soldier and wanting to go to the United States; finishing high school; how the solitary military life and moving a lot to odd places didn’t suit her; divorcing her husband and moving back to Washington, DC; getting married in 1960 to a Jewish doctor, who had been in many concentration camps and was instrumental in getting her interested in her Jewish religion; volunteering at the USHMM in the Archives and Volunteer Services; enjoying all parts of talking to people and the volunteers in her job; and reading a lot of books and newspapers about the Holocaust.
    Klari Rudnai
    Margaret Garrett
    interview:  1998 January 20

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Rudnai, Klari, 1930-

    Administrative Notes

    Margaret Garrett, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Klari Rudnai on January 20, 1998.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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