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Oral history interview with Tamás Molnár

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.90 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0090

Tamás Molnár, born in 1933 in Budapest, Hungary, describes living in a one-room apartment with his parents in Budapest’s District XI in a villa quarter; growing up Jewish; his father riding on a motorbike to sell butter for a dairy factory; his father working for labor service in 1942 in the town of Dabas, Hungary; a few children in higher classes at school calling Jewish students names; the far-right Arrow Cross Party holding meetings near his Budapest neighborhood of Kelenföld (in XI. Kerület) in 1943 and 1944, and emphasizing the Hungarian identity and firing up hatred with statements about foreigners and undocumented people; other parents signing up children for Hitler-Jugend (Levente); German soldiers and tanks and military cars coming in spring of 1944; Jewish people having to move to Jewish houses, with Christians taking over their property; 15-20 percent of residents of Budapest being Jewish; having to wear yellow stars and feeling humiliated; hours of shopping being restricted for Jewish people; his parents being taken to labor service; his mother being taken to a factory; both of his parents escaping and returning home; his father getting work driving a Red Cross truck and getting the family Christian papers and different names; his father being arrested and taken to headquarters of Arrow Cross guards and beaten; and constantly moving around to new homes.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Tamás Molnár
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2015 September 11
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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