Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Paul Molnar - July 24, 2002


An interview with Paul Molnar, a Holocaust survivor, conducted by Dr. Sidney Bolkosky, Professor of History at the University of Michigan--Dearborn. Paul Molnar was born in 1929 in Rákospalota, a suburb of Budapest, Hungary. Following the outbreak of the war, Paul and his family came under increasing persecution by the pro-German Hungarian government. In 1944, his father was sent to a labor camp and in July Paul, along with his mother, brother and grandmother, were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. After arrival, Paul's mother, brother and grandmother were gassed. After a brief time in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Paul was sent to Buchenwald and then to Magdeburg where he worked at a factory run by I.G. Farben. He then returned briefly to Buchenwald and then was sent to another camp, Berga. In April 1945, Paul was evacuated from Berga and while marching to an unknown destination, he escaped and was liberated. Paul later immigrated to the United States.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Religious Life
  3. Family
  4. Outbreak of War
  5. Anti-Jewish Laws
  6. 1944
  7. Father Sent Away
  8. Knowledge of Camps
  9. Deportation to Auschwitz
  10. Arrival at Birkenau
  11. Conditions in Birkenau
  12. Conditions in Birkenau II
  13. Latrines
  14. Fate of Family
  15. Sent to Buchenwald
  16. Magdeburg
  17. Conditions in Magdeburg
  18. Conditions in Magdeburg II
  19. Conditions in Magdeburg III
  20. Return to Buchenwald
  21. Sexual Abuse
  22. Berga
  23. Prisoners in Berga
  24. Evacuation From Berga
  25. Liberation
  26. America
  27. Telling Children about Experiences
  28. Reminders of Holocaust
  29. Importance of Telling

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