Tibor Baranksi Interview

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Issue Date
1987-05-03
Authors
Baranksi, Tibor
Publisher
Wallenberg Committee
Keywords
World War, 1939-1945--Jewish resistance. , Jews--Persecutions--Hungary. , World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue--Hungary--Budapest. , Men--Personal narratives. , World War, 1939-1945--Occupied territories. , World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives. , Psychological games , Refugees--Hungary. , Holocaust victims. , Prisoners--Abuse of. , World War, 1939-1945--Catholic Church. , Diplomats--Hungary--Budapest. , World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Hungary. , Prisons--Soviet Union.
Abstract
This interview is in two parts; an interview with Tibor Baranski by Sharon Wallenberg, and a presentation by Baranski to the Jamestown Community College Forum . The interview discusses Baranski's experiences growing up as a Catholic in Austro-Hungary, the shifting political climate after the first World War, the growth of the Nazi Party in Hungary and the lack of overall public resistance to its growth, the Soviet occupation of Hungary and his arrest by the Soviets, and his time in seminary. The primary focus of Baranski's interview describes his departure from seminary and the planning and undertaking of his efforts to help nearly ten thousand Hungarian Jews to escape the Holocaust with the help of Catholic Church officials and Hungarian embassy officials, who provided him with falsified papal documents and letters, and diplomats, including Raoul Wallenberg, who helped with intervention and escape efforts. The forum presentation focuses on Baranski's ethical and religious reasons to engage in the liberation of Hungarian Jews, things considered in the orchestration of their liberation such as the availability of necessary food and medical supplies, and his experience of being arrested by Soviet forces during the Russian invasion of Hungary and spending five years in a Soviet prison, and is followed by a Q&A session and the reading of Baranski's "New American Creed."
Description
This collection was donated by Norman Carlson of the Wallenberg Committee and George Browder of the Goldbloom Memorial Fund Committee. This collection comprises recorded oral histories from two living history day events focused on interviewing Holocaust survivors. This collection comprises oral history recordings on broadcast video cassette, VHS cassette, and audio cassette. All of which has been digitized as MP4 files. This collection is arranged into two major series, Series A. Interview Recordings and Series B. Interview Transcripts. Both of these series are in separate arrangements, the first level being the committee that created the recordings and the sub series level by last name of interviewee in alphabetical order.
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