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Oral history interview with George Kadar

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0459

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George Kadar (né Krausz), born in 1929 in Szekervar, Hungary (possibly Székesfehérvár, Hungary), discusses his family background and childhood; his father's death while serving for the Hungarian Army; his musical talents and his rejection from the Vienna Boys Choir because of antisemitism; winning one of the few spaces for Jews in a Hungarian gymnasium because of an influential family friend; his family's attitude toward religion and his identification as a Jew; nationalism in Hungary and the changing political situation as World War II approached; news his family received about the war and the German occupation of Hungary; restrictions against the Jews implemented by the Germans; moving into a Jewish house for a week and then being deported to Auschwitz; instances of persecution and selections in the camp; kindness from other inmates in Auschwitz; death marches to Gleiwitz, Dora, and Bergen-Belsen; and his liberation by the British in Bergen-Belsen.

Interviewee
George Kadar
Interviewer
Katie Davis
Date
2000 April 24  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).