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Oral history interview with Magdolna Kiss Skrinyár

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.13 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0013

Magdolna Skrinyár (Skrinyár Mihályné Kiss Magdolna), born in 1935 in Tatabanya, Hungary, discusses her memories of her father being taken away in 1941, leaving her mother left with three young children; the bombing of their apartment and their relocation to an emergency apartment in downtown Budapest; sharing the apartment with Orthodox Jewish refugees from Poland; relocating to Szamossályi in Eastern Hungary with her grandmother where Jews and non-Jews lived peacefully; her school teacher, Jozsef Kondor, requiring Jewish students to remove their jackets with the Star of David badge when in the classroom and chasing away authorities who tried to reinforce antisemitic laws; hearing the announcement for the Jews to be deported; hiding in an alley and watching Jews thrown into carts by gendarmes; picking up a slipper which fell off an elderly woman’s foot as she boarded a cart and a gendarme screaming at her to leave the scene; seeing a man tucking his tallis into his jacket and another man protesting when they exited a synagogue and were forced into the carts; seeing onlookers cry during the deportation; seeing the empty synagogue and its walls smeared with human excrement after looting; her relocation to a smaller house which was part of a Jewish estate and living there until liberation; her grandmother’s comment that she saw someone wearing clothes from a deported Jew; people’s depreciatory remarks that the deported would adjust to their new circumstances; and hearing Protestant Pastor Zolan Pasztor commemorate the deported Jews at mass.

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Magdolna Kiss Skrinyár
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2011 October 05
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-03-25 09:11:26
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