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Oral history interview with Samuel Marein-Efron

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.60.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0690

Samuel Marein-Efron, born in Budapest, Hungary on May 5, 1933, describes his childhood growing up in Budapest as a member of a wealthy family; his memories of antisemitic laws passed in Hungary in 1938; his father’s travels and relocation first to New York and then to Mexico City in June 1940; his father’s business ventures in Mexico; his father's involvement in helping families, many of whom were refugees from Poland, procure residence papers; his cousin’s experience during the war; his cousin’s time working as a surgeon in a camp; his experience leaving Budapest with his mother and sister and moving to Mexico in 1941; the culture and traditions of Mexico; his experiences with antisemitism in Mexico; the blending of different Jewish cultures in Mexico; the origins of his hyphenated last name; the fate of his extended family after the war; and his father’s postwar involvement in helping Jews obtain visas.

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Samuel Marein-Efron
Rebecca Dillmeier
interview:  2013 May 08
creation: Washington (D.C.)
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:04:19
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