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Oral history interview with Dániel Stiffel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.288.77 | RG Number: RG-50.670.0077

Dániel Stiffel, born in 1930 in Csepel (Budapest), Hungary, describes growing up in Csepel; his Jewish friends and classmates, including Roschild and Buxbaum, who were deported during the war; the labor camp on Kikötő street established during the summer of 1943; the conditions and guards in the labor camp; how the gendarme guards behaved as if they were ashamed of what they were doing; peaking in on the camp numerous times; the deportation of the Jews from the camp and Seklers (székely) from Transylvania being forced to move into the camp; his memories of the song, “Long live Szálasi and Hitler”; a large factory in Csepel, Weiss Manfréd factory, where there were bomb-proof shelters that were for non-Jews only; the separate shelters for the higher-ranking officials and managers, where workers were not allowed; Jews having to wear the yellow star; staying with his relatives in Kiskunmajsa-Ötfapuszta in the summer of 1944; going through the Kiskunhalas train station with his mother and her German-speaking friend during the fall of 1944 and witnessing as German and Hungarian soldiers shot 20-25 civilians by the platforms; hiding in a safe place within the railway station building; witnessing with his mother as two Jewish boys begged he and his mother to save them; watching as Jewish boys dug trenches and collected and buried the bodies of those who had been shot; the murder of one of the Jewish boys while he was carrying a dead body; how the after the trenches were dug and the dead bodies buried, the Jewish boys had to line up by the second trench and were shot into it; returning to Budapest and over hearing the same German soldiers from the train station as they discussed the day and entertained themselves with the objects that they took from the Jews; and hearing about an escape route via a wall near Főkert on Dob street in Budapest.
[Note that part of the interview takes place at Kiskunhalas train station.]

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Stiffel, Dániel
Kriza, Borbála
interview:  2014 May 21
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 19:54:29
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