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Oral history interview with Katalin (Kathy) Braun

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.304.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0978

Kathy Braun (née Katalin Fried), born on May 16, 1938 in Karcag, Hungary, discusses being the elder of two children; her brother Paul who was 20 months younger than her; her father Igmar, who was bank manager; her mother Rozhie, who was a bookkeeper; the German occupation of Hungary in March 1944; her father, who was drafted into the Hungarian army and Katalin never saw him again; being thrown out of their home within weeks and taken to a detention camp in Strasshof, Austria; being turned over to the Red Cross after she and her brother contracted a contagious disease; the difficulty of finding a hospital that would admit two Jewish children; being accepted into a hospital run by Catholic nuns; her mother, who was sent to Vienna, Austria to work in a munitions factory, where she pleaded with the owner of the factory to help her find her children; reuniting with her mother along with her brother; being hidden in the munitions factory and sharing rations of the prisoners until it was bombed by the Russians; being taken back to Strasshof which was liberated by the Russians; her grandmother’s death in Strasshof; returning with her mother and brother to Budapest; her mother’s death from cancer in 1954; leaving Hungary with her brother and going to Austria; and receiving help from their relatives in the United States in order to immigrate to the US.


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Interviewee
Katalin Braun
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
interview:  2018 June 30
Geography
creation: Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MP4.