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Oral history interview with Ilona Vitányi

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

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

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.

Interviewee
Ilona Vitányi
Interviewer
Borbála Kriza
Date
2012 January 20  (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 12:41:05
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