Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Lila Denes - May 19, 1989


Born in a small town in Hungary, Mrs. Denes moved to Budapest in 1940 with her husband. Her husband was taken to labor camps several times between 1940 and the end of the war. When the Germans occupied Budapest in 1944, Mrs. Denes had two small children, Judy and George. Using false papers, she assumed the identity of an unwed mother and was treated as such by the people around her. She was in Budapest when the Soviet army liberated it. Her husband returned soon after the liberation. Again using false papers, the family fled Hungary after the war and eventually settled in Detroit, Michigan in 1955.

  1. Introduction
  2. Family
  3. School
  4. Home Life
  5. Anti-Semitism
  6. Invasion of Czechoslovakia
  7. Budapest
  8. Deportation of Husband
  9. Leaving Budapest
  10. Living as Gentiles
  11. Gentile Suspicion
  12. Living in Budapest as Gentiles
  13. Husband's Escape
  14. Other Jews
  15. Reunion with Husband
  16. Russian Soldiers
  17. Hometown Post-War
  18. Leaving Hungary
  19. Traveling to Germany
  20. Salzburg
  21. Conditions in Budapest
  22. Detroit
  23. First Time in Hiding
  24. Living Among Germans
  25. Fate of Parents
  26. Hiding
  27. Hiding the Children
  28. Reflecting on Experiences

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