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Oral history interview with Margit Tirpák

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.28 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0028

Margit Tirpák (Tirpák Jánosné Kerchner Margit), born in 1934, discusses her prewar Jewish neighbors in Olaszliszka, Hungary; positive relationships between Jews and non-Jews; memories of her mother nursing a Jewish baby whose mother lacked milk; her three Jewish classmates; her memories of Jews wearing Star of David badges; the order that any citizen with a horse cart must provide it to transport Jews to the train station; witnessing the deportation of Jews, including her friend Edit Jakubovich and her family; the participation of local policemen in the deportation; the emotional reaction of bystanders who cried and waved goodbye; her mother giving homemade bread to a Jewish family during the deportation; the looting of Jewish belongings following the deportation; keeping books which belonged to Jews and returning them to their owners after the war; individual Jews who returned after the war; her uncertainty as whether ownership of their homes was returned to them; the Friedlander sisters who told her mother how they found their hidden belongings in the attic wall after the war; and Erno Lefkovich who she recalls as the only Jew living in the village after the war.

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Margit Tirpák
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2012 January 19
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 07:13:58
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