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Oral history interview with Irén Merschán Meschán

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.88 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0088

Irén Merschán Meschán (Meschán Ferencné Merschán Irén), born in 1925 in the town of Rákoscsaba, Hungary (now part of Budapest, XVII. Kerület), describes a Jewish-owned grocery store next to her grandmother’s house; a large Jewish family who lived next to her aunt’s home and made pottery, and who were taken away and did not return home; hearing people on the street at night throwing stones at the Jewish-owned grocery store’s iron shutters; the store being closed down after Jews were rounded up and taken away; working on Alkotmány street in Budapest in 1942 for a company’s transportation unit and having Jewish colleagues; all Jewish workers having to wear a large yellow star; everyone being afraid of the far-right Arrow Cross Party in Hungary; Jews who did not wear stars being shot dead; getting married in 1947 and moving to the city of Baja in southern Hungary out of fear of the Russians; her husband being an injured when he was a soldier; and a Jewish safehouse near St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, where she delivered Hungarian Beigli poppy-seed rolls.

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Irén Merschán Meschán
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2015 September 10
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-05-04 08:58:04
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