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Oral history interview with Rózsa Surán Desztler

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.73 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0073

Rózsa Desztler (Desztler Istvanne Surán Rózsa), born in 1925 in Budapest, Hungary, describes her father, who was a prisoner of war in WWI in Russia and married a Russian woman; her father’s Jewish friends, including József Englender and Kálmánné Szladek; being forced to move to Svábhegy (XII district of Budapest) by German officers; her brother’s arrest by the Gestapo for anti-state activities in 1940; her numerous Jewish friends and classmates, including Ági Labesz; witnessing several episodes of antisemitism beginning in 1943; Jews having to wear yellow stars; her attempts to help her brother and father after they were arrested; being pregnant during that time; the persecution of her family for their ties to communism; escaping their home and going to János hospital; living in a yellow star house on the corner of Podmaniczky and Bajza streets; and witnessing a deportation of Jews.

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Rózsa Desztler
Borbála Kriza
interview:  2014 May 20
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-26 11:32:21
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