Jewish survivors of the Holocaust
Abraham, Elizabeth (3 of 3) Holocaust Survivors Centre Interviews
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Abraham, Elizabeth, 1931- (speaker, female)
Lackmaker, Nomi (speaker, female)
Part 3: Memories of changes in Hungary. Account of family leaving Hungary for Israel. Brother and sister escaped illegally. Mother followed on a visitor’s visa. Father and Elizabeth arrived in Israel in December 1951. Arrived in England in 1958 to study for PhD. More recollections of post-war experiences in Hungary. Local population’s regret at the return of the Jews. Ill feeling and lack of trust. Description of possessions that had been left in safe-keeping not being returned. Account of how returning survivors married each other and rebuilt their lives. Attended Jewish school until Communist government closed it down. Learnt Hebrew 1946-9. Last year of grammar school was Hungarian school. After emigration to Israel, settled in Jerusalem and attended university there. Lived with parents and brother. Account of life in Israel at that time. Then to London for PhD. Never spoke of experiences because she felt that family was so fortunate to have all survived. Then felt experiences were immaterial to present life. Married in England. Sons born in 1965 and 1967. First son named for uncle killed in Holocaust. Explanation of not discussing experiences with children. Younger son diagnosed as schizophrenic at the age of 18 and does not wish to expose him to any more pain. Feels that pain of son’s illness overrides all past experiences.