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Oral history interview with Edith Csengeri

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

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    Oral history interview with Edith Csengeri


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Edith Csengeri
    Amy Rubin
    interview:  2001 October 30

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Csengeri, Edith, 1926-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Edith Csengeri on October 30, 2001. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Archives Branch received the tapes of the interview in November 2001.
    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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