Wednesday, September 30, 2015

They were taken away in 1944


We only observed some difference with the Jews when they put on the yellow star. It was obligatory for them to wear the yellow star. When they came out from the house, they already had to wear it on the left side. Local people did not know anything about anti-Jewish laws, there was no television and radio at that time, and especially we, young people, did not really know what was happening, so we were very surprised. I was about 12-13, and my 15-17 years old friend had this yellow star on his chest. We even could not speak with them about this, because they were told not to contact local non-Jewish population any more.

They were taken away in 1944.

In front of our house there lived a tinsmith, Uncle Löwinger with his wife, who was a needlewoman,** and two children aged fifteen and seventeen. I was a good friend of the boys, primarily of the younger one. They went together with us to the local elementary school, there was no Jewish school in the village. They were poor, the house was not theirs either, they rented from the inn-keeper those three rooms where they lived. Uncle Löwinger was taken to forced-labor service earlier than the rest of his family, but he never told where.

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**A needlewoman is a woman who does needlework, especially a seamstress.

The village where the report came from is called Nagykónyi.
It  is south-west of Budapest,  towards the frontier of Croatia.

The map was released into public domain by the US Department of State.