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Oral history interview with Ileana Farkas

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.18 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0018

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    Oral history interview with Ileana Farkas


    Interview Summary
    Ileana Farkas (née Marmustein), born in 1929, discusses her childhood in Satu Mare, Transylvania, Romania; her memories of antisemitic incidents after the Hungarian invasion in 1940; her brother's flight to Budapest, Hungary, where he lived using false identity papers; the increase in harassment of Jews in 1943; her brother's return from Budapest to encourage his family to flee; fleeing with her sister to Budapest in 1944; her brother's capture, arrest, and deportation to Auschwitz; the deportation of her other sister and parents from Satu Mare to Auschwitz; her life with her sister in Budapest using false papers; hiding in basements during the bombing of Budapest; the liberation of Budapest by Soviet troops in January 1945; returning with her sister to Satu Mare to find their brother and sister; learning about their parents' deaths in Auschwitz; meeting and marrying her husband in 1946; her life in Romania; immigrating with her husband and family in 1962 to the United States; and her adjustment to life in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    Ileana Farkas
    interview:  1999 April 14
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

    Physical Details

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

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    Personal Name
    Farkas, Ileana, 1929-

    Administrative Notes

    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Ileana Farkas on April 14, 1999. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tape of the interview from the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project in August 1999.
    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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