Pál Szegö diary
1 book enclosure
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Szego
This collection consists of a diary written by Pál Szegö, originally of Hungary, while he was in a forced labor battalion in Hungary and at the Mauthausen concentration camp from 1944-1945. Pál wrote in the margins as well as on blank pages of a pocket New Testament that he kept with him in the camps. In the diary he writes about the horrible living condition while in the forced labor battalion including the lack of food, unsanitary conditions, punishments, and frigid weather conditions while digging trenches and working in the forest. Pál continues his diary while on a tugboat to Mauthausen and during his imprisonment. He describes the conditions on the boat and in the camp, starvation, crowded barracks, forced marches, receiving updates about the war, and liberation. Throughout his diary Pál writes about witnessing death, his religion, and the struggles of being away from his family and not knowing if they are okay.
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