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Oral history interview with Edith Csengeri

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.216 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0415

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Edith Csengeri, born on March 4, 1926 in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, discusses growing up with her grandmother after her parents immigrated to France; being religious before the war but losing her faith after she witnessed the war’s atrocities; her involvement in a Zionist movement while keeping her non-Jewish friends in high school; the increasing antisemitism of the Hungarian people and government in the late 1930s; seeing refugees from Eastern Europe fleeing to Hungary and not believing that what happened to them could happen to her; the German invasion of Hungary on March 19, 1944; attaining false papers with a friend but being caught by the Germans in Budapest and sent to Sharvar (Sárvár); her long journey by train to Auschwitz, where she stayed from May to October of 1944; finding out about the crematoria and smelling the burning bodies; her transfer to a forced labor camp in Czechoslovakia; her liberation by Russian soldiers and then walking to Budapest; reuniting with her brother and mother after the war; marrying her husband in 1947 and living with him in Hungary until the communist regime took over; immigrating to New York between 1956 and 1957; and viewing world events today from the perspective of a Holocaust survivor.

Interviewee
Edith Csengeri
Interviewer
Amy Rubin
Date
2001 October 30  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).