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Oral history interview with Janos Strauss

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.250.7 | RG Number: RG-50.882.0007

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Janos Strauss, born in Hungary in December 1928, describes how before the Nazi invasion his family had only heard rumors about the way Jews were treated elsewhere in Europe and the Hungarians found these rumors unbelievable; the Nazi invasion in March 1944; being an apprentice with a small motor bike manufacturer; the Nazis arriving and Jews getting picked up off the street; being picked up once and forced to do physical labor; being ordered by the Hungarian government to work in the fields on a farm; the formation of a ghetto while he was on the farm and moving there; being deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in June 1944; being 15 years old and lying about his age to survive; being advised to volunteer to get sent out of the camp; volunteering once and being sent to clean out rows of barracks that had housed Czech families who had just been killed; volunteering for a transport to Muldorf, a camp in Germany; being there from August 1944; and being shipped on a transport that was liberated by the Americans on May 1, 1945.

Interviewee
Janos Strauss
Interviewer
Esther Finder
Language
English
Extent
4 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Toporek Finder
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:41:08
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