Deportation of the Hungarian Jews:
In the spring of 1944, the Germans occupied Hungary. Between May 14 and July 9, approximately 440,000 Hungarian Jews—the last remaining intact Jewish community in Europe—were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where most were subsequently murdered. This swift, concentrated destruction was aided by local collaborators, the Hungarian government, and law-enforcement agencies.
Using at least 4 of the documents provided below, plus at least two additional secondary sources (identify and employ appropriate ones to your topic), prepare a 1200-1500 word essay that addresses the following topic:
Describe preparations made by the Germans for the deportation of the Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau and place the experiences of one Hungarian Jewish person or family in historical context, explaining how that individual or family was affected by these circumstances.
You must base your research on the following documents, citing at least 4 within your essay. At least two additional outside resources are also required.
- Auschwitz Album Photographs
- Preparatory Work in Auschwitz (Braham)Auschwitz Chronicle (1944)
- Muller, Filip (Eyewitness Auschwitz)
- Rosenfeld Vago, LidiaClara Grossman Testimony
- Oradea, In the Baker’s Courtyard
- Eva Heyman diary entriesTelegram from Eichmann’s Budapest Office regarding deportation of Budapest Jews, November 1944