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Oral history interview with Leslie Pollak

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.781 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0781

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The interview describes Mr. Pollak's childhood in Oradeo, a Transylvanian city in Romania, and his education and training as a carpenter. Mr. Pollak discusses the transfer of rule over Transylvania to Hungary in the 1940s, his move to Budapest for work, the German invasion of Hungary in April 1944, and the establishment of Jewish ghettos and beginnings of deportations of Jews in May and June of 1944. He discusses his service with the Hungarian Batallion Army, being exempted from battle duty to build furniture and coffins for the Nazis, the batallion's deportation to Mauthausen in September 1944 and his escape. Mr. Pollak describes his flight to Romania, hiding in the loft of a farmer and the liberation of Romania by the Russian Army. He discusses leaving Romania in 1946 with his wife and sister for the American zone in Germany, his stay in a United Nations displaced persons camp and the family's immigration to the United States in 1950.

Interviewee
Leslie Pollak
Date
1990 March 31  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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