Jaire J. testimony 1984 [video recording]
Date of Recording23 March 1984
Duration1h 59m 36.0s
SynopsisJaire J. was born in Budapest in 1912. He recalls attending university and working as a textile engineer. He discusses his Hungarian patriotism. He describes anti-Jewish laws beginning in 1938 and brief draft into Hungarian forced labor battalions in 1940. He recalls serving in Kiev and on the Russian front doing menial and dangerous labor in 1942. He describes escaping with a large group of workers in 1944. Jaire describes entering Majdanek camp shortly after its liberation and realizing how many Jewish people had perished. He recalls being sent for forced labor in a camp in Siberia until 1946. He discusses his mother and wife refusing to emigrate. He describes the increased antisemitism during the 1956 Hungarian uprising and escaping with his family. He describes immigrating to Canada. Jaire discusses how his family rarely discusses their experiences.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.