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Oral history interview with Rafael Szabó

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.438.34 | RG Number: RG-50.688.0034

Rafael Szabó, born in 1923 in Smolník, Czechoslovakia (present day Slovakia), describes the prewar Jewish community of his hometown and the nationalities of other residents; his Jewish neighbors; a Jewish man who helped his father; local townspeople terrorizing the Jewish community; anti-Jewish propaganda; the anti-fascist leanings of his parents; Hlinka Guard members; the Aryanization of Jewish owned businesses; Jews going into hiding; the deportation of local Jews by Hlinka Guard members and German soldiers in 1942; the looting of Jewish owned property; joining the Hlinka party to secure work; a Jewish man who returned to Smolník after the war; and books that he wrote about his youth and life during World War II.

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Szabó, Rafael
interview:  2014 April 11
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:54:28
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