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Oral history interview with Tibor Szirtes

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.14 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0014

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Tibor Szirtes, born in 1933, discusses hearing antisemitic jokes and songs while growing up in Budapest; the low profile maintained by Jewish classmates in school; hearing about university students beating up Jewish students; hearing derogatory terms when talking about Jews in a bar; informing a Jewish store owner that his apartment was bombed; his father and his colleagues guessing at who belonged to Arrow Cross; memories of an antisemitic journal to which his father subscribed in fall of 1944; relocating to his mother’s hometown, Melykut, to escape bombings; him memory of some Jewish families who converted to Christianity; evacuating their Pestszentlorinc neighborhood in November 1944 and searching for a new apartment; touring two apartments previously owned by Jews; a soldier who collected items that belonged to deported Jews; noticing toys in the apartment and picking up a small camera which he used once film was available after 1950; his mother’s decision that they could not morally move into a deported Jewish person’s apartment; returning a musical instrument he took from one of the apartments; seeing stacks of letters written by the apartment’s owners; witnessing Arrow Cross soldiers round up Jews; how the Arrow Cross soldiers looked at him suspiciously because he wore a military uniform; returning to school after a year and a half and noticing two Jewish classmates who returned as well; knowing Jewish colleagues at work but never addressing their religious background; living in an apartment in a house previously owned by a wealthy Jewish bakery owner; winning a Budapest Public Transportation Company essay contest in 1984 for essays he wrote about his wartime memories; and donating his re-written essays to the Holocaust Museum in Budapest after noticing severe edits to his essays from the contest.

Interviewee
Tibor Szirtes
Interviewer
Borbála Kriza
Date
2011 October 05  (interview)
Language
Hungarian
Extent
2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:43:44
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