Learning to conduct research with contemporaneous interviews

Contemporaneous interviews are an excellent way to obtain accurate information. Ask your students to visit www.degob.org which has the personal stories of more than 3,500 Hungarian Holocaust Survivors recorded in 1945-46. These contemporaneous Protocols are extremely valuable in understanding how difficult their lives were during 1944 and 1945. Each student should pick one female and one male Survivor and present to the class the story of, or write an essay covering, two of the following topics:

  1.  1. The level of anti-Semitism in Hungary before 1944,
  2.  2. their forced labor jobs and working conditions, hours and diet,
  3.  3. whether, and if so, how they resisted Hungarian and German persecution,
  4.  4. efforts to save or rescue them by non-Jews, and
  5.  5. looting of the Survivor or their family’s property.