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Oral history interview with Leslie Braun

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.305.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0979

Leslie Braun (né Laslo Braun), born on August 8, 1926 in Nagykapos, Czechoslovakia (now Veľké Kapušany, Slovakia), discusses being the oldest of three children; his younger sister Elizabeth and younger brother Alan; his parents Charlotte and Ferdinand (Nandor) Braun; his family’s businesses which consisted of a large restaurant in the center of town, a night club, and a sports club; their home behind the restaurant; how the town and its environs were taken over by Hungary after the Munich Pact which dissolved Czechoslovakia in 1938; the loss of his family’s restaurant and other family businesses after the Hungarian takeover; being deported to a ghetto in Uzhorod (Ukraine) in April 1944; being deported to Auschwitz, where he was separated from his siblings and mother (she perished in Auschwitz); remaining with his father and being taken first to mining labor camps in France (camp Thil), and later to mines in Germany (camp Kochendorf), where his father perished of starvation; being liberated by American forces in May 1945; returning to Hungary and finding his younger siblings had survived along with an aunt (his mother’s sister); moving to the environs outside Prague, Czech Republic; and immigrating to the United States with the help of American relatives.


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