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Oral history interview with Leslie Aigner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1994.A.0449.3 | RG Number: RG-50.090.0003

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Leslie “Les” Aigner (né Ladislav Aigner), born in 1929 in Nové Zámky, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), discusses being one of three children; his family’s move in the early 1940s to Csepel, Hungary on the outskirts of Budapest in the hope of escaping oppressive Nazi discrimination against Jews; his father being sent in 1943 to a slave labor camp; being forced with his mother and eight-year-old sister to live in the Budapest ghetto in 1944; being deported with his family to Auschwitz, where his mother and sister were sent directly to the gas chambers; spending five months in Auschwitz in late 1944 before being shipped to Landsberg, Germany, to a subcamp of Dachau, where he was forced to perform hard labor; being relocated to the Kaufering concentration camp before finally being sent to Dachau on the “death train” which was thus named because it arrived with more dead passengers than living; being severely underweight; being liberated from Dachau by American troops on April 29, 1945; being treated for over a month; returning home to find that most of his family members had been murdered in the Holocaust; reuniting with his older sister and his father in Budapest; finishing trade school and working as a machinist; getting married to his wife Eva in 1956; the Hungarian Revoluntion and escaping Hungary with his father, step-mother, and wife; and immigrating to the United States.

Interviewee
Mr. Leslie Aigner
Date
1994 April 26  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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