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Oral history interview with Erzsébet Bényei

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.27 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0027

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Erzsébet Bényei (Bényei Józsefné Kindrusz Erzsébet), born in 1935, discusses her memories of two Jewish playmates and their families; the integration the Jewish community in Nyiregyhaza society; the disappearance of her Jewish friends and their families in 1944; her parents’ shock at the disappearance of their neighbors and dismay as people glibly looted the homes of the deported Jews; an incident in which her mother told a teenager to stop singing an antisemitic song while a passerby encouraged the singer to keep going; hearing about Jews being taken to work in a brick factory; witnessing a procession of Jews who were being deported; her lack of memory in regard to Jewish survivors returning to the town after the war; and the impression that a visit to Auschwitz made on her years later.

Interviewee
Dr. Erzsébet Bényei
Interviewer
Borbála Kriza
Date
2012 January 18  (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: 2018-08-10 12:37:50
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