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Oral history interview with Katalin Karpati

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0125.59 | RG Number: RG-50.233.0059

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    Oral history interview with Katalin Karpati


    Interview Summary
    Katalin Karpati, born in 1912 in Újpest, Hungary, discusses growing up in a large, modern house in a gentile neighborhood; her father Izidor Dicker, who was the director of a lumber factory in Újpest, and her mother, who was well-educated and helped her husband with his business; how her family was not religious; marrying her first husband Lajos Nagy, a wealthy businessman who owned a store and mines; how Lajos received a degree in diplomacy from the University of the East in the late 1920s but was unable to find work due to anti-Jewish laws; how in 1940, all Jewish men in the village were sent to a labor camp, but Lajos received a medical exemption and was permitted to relocate to a family villa in Újpest; the birth of their first child Shandor Michael in January 1944; how on April 23, 1944, Lajos was taken to forced labor in Felsőgalla, where he died in an air raid; being sent with her son to live in the ghetto; their deportation to Auschwitz; how six-month old Shandor Michael was killed immediately upon arrival; her second husband, Joseph Karpati; how in May 1944, 25 members of the Karpati family were taken from Buj to Auschwitz, where they were killed; how her current husband Joseph and his brother spent four years in forced labor, but survived the war; and how two of her nieces survived and settled in Israel.
    Katalin Karpati
    Susan Bachrach
    interview:  1992 June 09

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (90 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Karpati, Katalin, 1912-

    Administrative Notes

    Susan Bachrach, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ID Card Project, conducted the interview with Katalin Karpati in Washington, D.C., on June 9, 1992.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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