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Thomas S. testimony 2013

Holocaust Testimony

Object IDTS1307_01_VD
Date of Recording08 July 2013

InterviewerFreiman, Debby
IntervieweeSzekely, Thomas
Duration2h 23m 0.0s
SynopsisTom S. was born in Budapest, Hungary on May 19, 1935. He describes his parents’ conversion to Christianity and being raised in a secular Christian home. He describes his mother’s family and their Jewish background. He recalls his parents’ response to antisemitism and the start of the war. He describes the German occupation. He describes being forced to wear a yellow star and other anti-Jewish regulations. He recalls his father’s medical practice. Tom describes visiting his father in a detention centre. He recalls living in the ghetto with his family and how his uncle arranged for an exemption for the family to stop wearing the Star of David. He describes interactions with the Arrow Cross. He recalls liberation by Soviet troops. Tom describes going to live with relatives in Romania. He describes being adopted by an uncle and aunt and moving to Switzerland. Tom’s family then immigrated to Canada. He recalls traveling back to Hungary. He describes physical and emotional repercussions as a result of his experiences. He discusses his conversion to Judaism and his faith. He discusses sharing his experiences and giving witness testimony. 
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