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Oral history interview with Mária Sárközi

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

Mária Sárközi (Sárközi Sándorne Csik Mária), 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.

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Mária Sárközi
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2012 January 15
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-03-26 07:05:21
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