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Oral history interview with Yehuda Mandell

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.116 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0116

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    Oral history interview with Yehuda Mandell


    Interview Summary
    Yehuda Mandel, born in Csepe, Hungary on March 3, 1904, describes being raised in an Orthodox Jewish family; Jewish life in Csepe before and after World War I; relations with non-Jews and his education; the occupation of his town by various countries, until Csepe became part of Czechoslovakia; serving in the Czech Army from 1924 to 1926; being a cantor in Vienna, Austria in 1928 and then in Novisad, Yugoslavia (now in Serbia) from 1928 to 1934; being in Riga, Latvia from 1934 to 1936; serving as a cantor in Budapest, Hungary in 1935 at the Rombach Temple while also serving as a chaplain in the Hungarian Army; being offered a position in London, England, but choosing to remain in Hungary; Jewish life and congregational life in each location; the anti-Jewish feelings in Austria and the implementation of anti-Jewish laws in 1939; a mass grave where Jews were killed and buried in Kamenetr-Podolsk; being in various labor battalions; escaping and returning to Budapest in November 1944; staying in a house protected by the Swiss consulate; serving as a messenger in “Eilbotenausweis”; participating in rescuing 300 Jews from a prison and making illegal trips to Czechoslovakia; his experiences with Russian occupiers and the desecration and reconstruction of Rombach Temple; his wife and children, who were in Bergen-Belsen as part of a Sondergruppe organized by Dr. Kasztner; his illegal passage to Palestine in May 1946, aided by the Haganah; reuniting with his family in Kibbutz Shar Hamakkim; serving as a cantor in Haifa until he moved to the United States in 1948; and becoming a cantor at Bet Juda in Philadelphia, PA in 1950.
    Yehuda Mandell
    interview:  1982 February 18
    interview:  1982 March 17
    interview:  1982 June 04
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    4 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Mandell, Yehuda, 1904-

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Yehuda Mandell in Philadelphia, Pa., on February 18, 1982, March 17, 1982, and June 4, 1982. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College in August 2003.
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