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Oral history interview with Ilona Vitányi

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.31 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0031

Ilona Vitányi (Vitányi Belane Kassai Ilona), born in 1918, discusses her friendships with Jewish neighbors and classmates during her childhood in Olaszliszka, Hungary; her neighbor who used a scarf to cover up her Star of David badge; seeing horse carts carrying bags and bundles on her train ride back from another town; seeing local Jewish women and girls being taken away in wagon carts; a Hungarian civilian who was guarding the carts; delivering a basket of eggs to her Jewish friend, Aranka Kohn, who was not allowed to leave her home; Aranka’s gift of three red scarves in exchange for the eggs; the threat from a gendarme who had witnessed the exchange; hearing about the looting of Jewish belongings; one of the Kohn children who returned after the war and reopened her father’s store; and Jews who returned to the area after the war and demanded the restitution of their homes.

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Ilona Vitányi
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2012 January 20
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: 2021-03-25 09:18:21
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