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Oral history interview with Judith Klein

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.47 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0047

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Judith Klein Farago (née Tove Leah), born in Berehove, Chekoslovakia (now Ukraine), on October 10, 1925, describes her parents, who were married in Budapest, Hungary, and their backgrounds; her extended family and their fates during the Holocaust; her pious father; her three sisters and brother; being taunted by other children for not being able to talk normally; doing well in school; family vacations; being kicked out of school when she was in second grade; Hungarians entering the city; the Jews being moved to a ghetto; her father being taken then released; her father’s view of the Holocaust; gathering for deportation; a maternal uncle who had sent them all tickets to the United States in 1938 and her father’s reluctance to leave; her father turning down an invitation by the rabbi to move to Israel in 1939; being sent to Auschwitz on a cattle train in 1944; arriving in the camp and the guards mistaking her and her sister for twins, but being saved at the last minute when someone else pointed out they were not; being put in lager A with her sister and being sent to work in a quarry; stealing some potatoes and being caught; being sentenced to death and being spared; the roll-calls; the death of her sister and burying her; liberation; meeting Francois Mitterrand, who kissed her hand; the atrocities she witnessed during the war; returning home, where Russians were living in their home and refusing to stay there; meeting her future husband when sleeping in the streets and marrying soon after; moving to Hungary in 1945; deciding to immigrate to Chile; moving to the United States in 1970, seeking medical care for her husband; and living in the US until 1996.

Judith Klein
Karen Codner
2010 August 01
3 digital files : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
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