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Oral history interview with János Balogh

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.89 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0089

János Balogh, born in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary, describes growing up on Nagy Diófa street in District VII (the city’s former Jewish quarter) near Klauzál square; many Jewish people living in his building and going to his school; Jewish friends putting a kippah on him and taking him to a synagogue; not knowing his father; his building landlord being Jewish and an attorney, and later hearing the landlord was executed on the Danube bank; their apartment being inside the Budapest ghetto and having to move with other Christians to a new apartment; hearing screams and shouting and shooting; two members of the far-right Arrow Cross Party coming to their building and asking if Jewish people were in the cellar; the building caretaker looking out to the street and seeing women and children lying dead in the snow, and the bodies staying there for days; Germans leaving and Russians arriving; bombings occurring while they were in the cellar, and their apartment was hit; and the bodies of Jewish people crammed into a shop.


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Interviewee
János Balogh
Interviewer
Borbála Kriza
Date
interview:  2015 September 11
Language
Hungarian
Extent
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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