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Oral history interview with Géza Takács

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.30 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0030

Géza Takács, born in 1928, discusses the mutual trust and friendship between Jews and non-Jews before the war in Olaszliszka, Hungary; his mother’s domestic work for a Jewish family; the Jews in town and their professions which included butchers, wine merchants, and grocers; living in a Jewish-owned house; being taken in by another Jewish family, the Lowys, after the house burned down; antisemitic songs sung by villagers; seeing the terms “Jewish House” and a Star of David painted on the exterior of Jewish homes; witnessing the deportation of Jews from the town and nearby villages; the participation of gendarmes who gathered Jews into carts and prevented local citizens from interacting with the deportees; seeing a family acquaintance, Dezso Biro, being led into the carts; witnessing local leaders and villagers looting and destroying belongings from Jewish-owned homes; and his memories of some Jews returning to the area after the war.

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Géza Takács
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 07:16:16
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