Sunday, 20 October 2013
The gas chamber bigamists' story
Hungarian Jews Joseph Ungar and Matha Roth on their wedding day in 1942, Budapest.
These two Hungarian Jews were deported to different camps by the Nazis, likely in the first-half of 1944. Following the war each of them claimed they'd heard the other was killed. On the face of it, it appears the husband just headed straight off to Canada after the war, whilst his wife did return to Hungary. The husband, claiming his first wife was gassed, became a bigamist in 1953, taking a second wife in Canada. His first wife, who had given birth to his son in a "Nazi extermination camp" (Auschwitz?) which was murdered by the Germans, married a second husband in Hungary in 1948. Following the uprising against the Jewish-Soviet regime in Hungary in 1956, she and her second husband fled to New York where she learnt her first husband was still alive and living in Canada. She contacted him by telephone, after which they had a few meetings and discussed having their second marriages annulled. Eventually he decided to remain with his other wife, much to his first wife's disappointment, and no doubt her second husband's too.
This story about a couple who'd only be married two years before the deportation of the Hungarian Jews began and didn't bother looking for each other after the war, makes me wonder about what lengths the people who makes such claims as the following really went to to find their distant relatives: "we lost 43 of our family in the Holocaust"; "we lost 60 family members in the Holocaust"; "our family lost 70 family members."
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Posted by The Black Rabbit of Inlé at 16:20