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Oral history interview with Károly Bálint

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.24 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0024

Károly Bálint, born in 1931 in Nagykáta, Hungary, discusses generous Jewish business owners in town; positive relations between his Jewish and non-Jewish classmates; a Jewish man named Miklos Matolcsi who served as a Nagykáta representative in congress; his memories of delivering food to Jewish manual laborers and gendarmes chasing him away; seeing Jewish manual laborers wearing the Star of David badges when visiting them in Kincsem puszta; witnessing gendarmes taking 30-40 Jews to a house and a seeing a gendarme beating an elderly woman as her sons provided her support while walking; witnessing German soldiers evaluating furniture and valuables in the synagogue; hearing about a veterinarian, Dr. Sandor Sajo, who remained in town to care for horses; hearing about local gendarmes who fled in fear after the war, while others who were not as cruel to the Jewish population remained; apprenticing after the war with Istvan Dudas who married a Jewish woman; and names of survivors who returned after the war, including the wife of a colleague who told him about her experience in Auschwitz.

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Károly Bálint
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2012 January 17
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 07:06:51
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