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Oral history interview with Mária Tóth

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.26 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0026

Mária Tóth (Tóth Laszlone Ambrus Mária), born in 1924, discusses her Jewish friends and the integration of the Jewish community in Kecskemét; Jews who fled to Budapest for safety; saying Hail Mary’s in penitence for accompanying her Jewish friend Borcsa Fleischmann to synagogue; the takeover of Jewish-owned shops; working at the Machinery Shareholders Company of Kecskemét and witnessing the dismissal of Jewish employees; seeing Jewish families being taken out of their homes by local policemen and transported to a brick factory; hearing onlookers say that the Jews deserved their treatment; seeing Jewish friends being deported; hearing how Ivan Hejjas and the Ragged Guards brutally treated Jews; how the Arrow Cross tried to recruit her by offering her belongings that were owned by Jews; knowing supporters of the Ragged Guards and Arrow Cross; guarding a Jewish family’s possessions, which Russian soldiers subsequently looted; the return of some Jewish survivors to the area; and hearing from a survivor about his experience at Auschwitz where his entire family was killed.

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Mária Tóth
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2012 January 18
2 videocassettes (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 07:11:35
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