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Oral history interview with Mária Sárközi

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.23 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0023

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Mária Sárközi, born in 1934, discusses growing up in Hungary on a wine vineyard owned by a Jewish family named Kiss; her close relationship with the Kiss family and their comfortable lifestyle in their Jászberény apartment; seeing the Kiss daughter crying and understanding it as a sign of an ominous future; her mother’s explanation that the Kiss family had to wear the Star of David badges because they were Jewish; the expropriation of the vineyard from the Kiss family in 1944; Erno Kiss’ expulsion from practicing law in 1944 and his forced labor in Szolnok; hearing Hungarian soldiers yelling crude comments as she delivered fruit to the Kiss family through the ghetto gate with her mother; going to the train station and seeing Jews from the ghetto being squeezed into wagons; seeing pale, elderly women and children boarding trains; witnessing a woman named Rozsika refusing to give her baby to a German soldier and hearing shots soon after; being ordered to leave the scene by a Hungarian gendarmerie; keeping this story a secret for 40 years; her vivid memory of the incident at the train station; seeing the faces of Jewish children in future generations of her own family; Erno Kiss’ escape from the labor camp; Erno Kiss’ remarriage after the war; how he received the vineyard back and continued to look after Maria’s family; how Erno Enk, a Jewish doctor, traveled a great distance to treat her ill father; and how her grandmother was furious at a priest who did not want to travel to visit her father and threatened to leave the religion.

Interviewee
Mária Sárközi
Interviewer
Borbála Kriza
Date
2012 January 15  (interview)
Language
Hungarian
Extent
1 videocassette (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 10:46:27
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