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Oral history interview with Charles Barber

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0341 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0036

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    Oral history interview with Charles Barber


    Interview Summary
    Charles Barber, born in 1932 in Budapest, Hungary, describes his father, who owned a liquor store; attending a public grade school, where some of the non-Jews wouldn't speak with him; his memories of the first bomb being dropped in Budapest in 1939; his father being drafted into the labor corps of the Hungarian army; his mother’s work as a tailor; being an only child; his father dying after two months in the labor corps; his mother being taken to a camp for eight months in 1943; living with several different people; his mother returning home; his memories of feeling guilty for telling his mother that he was hungry; the Jews being summoned to the courthouse in town and being separated from his mother by the officials; going to live in an orphanage with a Swedish flag out front; the Russian army and their activities in Budapest; his aunt sending him to the Red Cross then a Zionist orphanage in Sagat; returning to Budapest to work in a factory; attending law school but leaving when the revolution began; going to Austria and then the United States with the help of the Red Cross; living with an uncle in the US; becoming an accountant, attending Queensborough Community College and then Bernard Baruch College; working for ABC Transnational Transport; getting married to an Austrian Holocaust survivor; the effects of his Holocaust experience; losing his faith when he lost his parents; visiting Europe; antisemitism in Hungary; wanting to go to Israel; possessing a letter from his mother, which she wrote while she was in Bergen-Belsen, and a picture of his parents (which is in the USHMM Photo Archive); and his other family pictures.
    Mr. Charles Barber
    Jason DeRose
    interview:  1996 August 09
    creation: Washington (D.C.)

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Barber, Charles, 1932-

    Administrative Notes

    Jason DeRose, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch conducted this interview on August 9, 1996 in Washington, DC. The interview was transferred to the Archives on August 8, 1996.
    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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