Hungarian Memories

My husband Julius was born in Sarospatak, in eastern Hungary, in 1925. When the Hungarians and Germans rounded up the Hungarian Jews in the spring of 1944, he was sent to Auschwitz and several labor camps. Most of his family perished, but he survived and came to the United States in 1946. I have written his story as a memoir. Click here to open it.

Nancy [Greider] Gluck, 2007

Hungarian Memories

Julius Gluck at the time of his graduation from City College of New York, 1952.



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  1. ….very compelling! Thank you for your story.

  2. Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize genocide we send a critical message to the world. As we continue to live in an age of genocide and ethnic cleansing, we must repel the broken ethics of our ancestors, or risk a dreadful repeat of past transgressions. We know from captured German war records that millions of innocent Jews were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany – most in gas chambers. These facts have been proven repeatedly through countless thesis and dissertation research papers. Virtually every PhD in the world will stake their career on the veracity of known Holocaust facts. Despite this knowledge, Holocaust deniers ply their mendacious poison everywhere, especially with young people on the Internet. Such deniers have only one agenda – to distort the truth in a way that promotes antagonism against the object of their hatred, or to deny the culpability of their ancestors and heroes.

    Museums and mandatory public education are tools to dispel bigotry, especially racial and ethnic hatred. Books, films and presentations can reinforce the veracity of past and present genocides. They help to tell the true story of the perpetrators of genocide; and they reveal the abject terror, humiliation and degradation resulting from prejudice. So do web sites such as this one; showing the world that we are valued human beings, not trash to be burned. It is therefore essential that we disclose the factual brutality and horror of genocide, combating the deniers’ virulent, inaccurate historical revision. We must protect vulnerable future generations from making the same mistakes.

    A world that continues to allow genocide requires ethical remediation. We must show the world that religious, racial, ethnic, gender and orientation persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny’s only hope. Only through such efforts can we reveal the true horror of genocide and promote the triumphant spirit of humankind.

    Charles Weinblatt
    Author, “Jacob’s Courage”

  3. I believe that this web page you have created is among the most valuable and beautiful forms of human intellectual activity possible. Putting a whole (extended) family into context, with mankind, history and before all: with itself, is a remarkable achievement.

    Someone from the extended family: Gabor Szabo jr.

  4. […] written the story of the immigrant, the hopeful stranger who arrives in a new land. For example, in Hungarian Memories I have told the story of my husband, who arrived in New York from Hungary in 1946. The Prairie Tree […]

  5. […] Tatiana de Rosnay, Sarah’s Key This book evoked a very personal response, not because it is a best seller but because of my family connections. My husband is a Holocaust survivor from Hungary. I have heard the stories he and his relatives tell and have recorded some of them in Hungarian Memories. […]

  6. I do believe that Berta Klammer was the sister of my great-grandmother Rebecca Klammer. My cousin in Budapest is investigating the link.

    Thank you so much for this information. Can you be reached in the United States?

    Marilyn Roth Ruxin

  7. […] For more about Julius and his family, see Hungarian Memories. […]

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