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Oral history interview with Edit Dánay Kállai

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.93 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0093

Edit Dánay Kállai (Kállai Istvanne Dánay Edit), born June 19, 1933, describes growing up in Budapest, Hungary; her suspicion that her Catholic family had Jewish roots; her father, who worked in the post office but was inducted into the army in 1942, sent to the front, and was very sick when he returned home; the three families in the Kallai’s house, including a woman and her son Janchi Bartos (he belonged to a partisan group and had a Jewish fiancée, Zsuzsa); the Arrow Cross; the many partisans who saved Jewish people from the ghetto; stories of people trying to rescue Jews; her friend Eva Biro, who wore a yellow star and attended school until the Arrow Cross took power in October 1944; watching as Jews were lined up in the Budapest neighborhoods of Rakospalota (XV. Kerület) and New Pest (IV. Kerület) to be taken away on wagons and seeing people beat, kick, push, and scream at the Jews that they were thieves and crooks and were ruining Hungary; having nightmares for months after witnessing this; knowing of a woman who committed suicide; hearing that Jews were taken to a movie theater, where they were tortured; the Kallai family taking food to the ghetto as long as its gates were open; going to the ghetto after it was emptied and visiting her former house on Vaci Street, which was one of many that had been bombed; how the Arrow Cross men had taken all valuables, including paintings, carpets, and china from homes in the ghetto; the Russian take over on January 7, 1945; moving with her family to Tolna, Hungary; and the very few Jews who returned after the war ended.

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Edit Dánay Kállai
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2015 September 12
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-03-01 09:16:39
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