Karoly Izsak on forced labor

Karoly Izsak on forced labor
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1940
    Country name at time of photo:
    Hungary
    Country name today:
    Hungary
On the back of this picture, which is dated 4th September 1940, the company commander confirms that Karoly Izsak, private first class, is doing his military service at the Hungarian Royal 207/2 Klgs. Worker Company. This meant forced labor at that time. My father was on forced labor from July to September 1940, in Vac and in Marmaros county, in Raho [today Rachov, Ukraine]. My mother could once visit him, she traveled there with my father's brother Ede. He was drafted again at the beginning of June 1944. He was at a formation in Budapest until mid-November; he was allowed to come home for a couple hours several times. He could get hold of a Swiss safe conduct for the family, but he got it one day after my mother, my aunt and I were arrested by the Arrow Cross men. But at least Grandma and my nephew Tomi could go to a Swiss protected house instead of a ghetto. My father's formation was taken to Fertorakos, and to Austria from there, but he managed to remain on this side of the border and he was also liberated here.

Interview details

Interviewee: Erika Izsak
Interviewer:
Sárdi Dóra
Month of interview:
Február
Year of interview:
2001
Budapest, Hungary

KEY PERSON

Karoly Izsak
Year of birth:
1897
City of birth:
Szatmarnemeti
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
Year of death:
1979
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Chief gardener
after WW II:
Group leader at a ministry (Ministry of Agriculture)

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