Came with a passport through father’s business contacts
Mode of Arrival:
In 1942 John’s father was called up to the army and dismissed two months later as a Jew. Two months later his father was sent to a labour camp. 1944 Germans occupied Hungary. John expelled from school and that’s when he found out that he came from a Jewish family. Had to leave flat and move to other house with other parents and children. Mother received false papers and handed her over to an organization who found place for John in a family. After two months he was sent back due to chickenpox. Then went to a children home and got ill again and sent to mother. Two days later all children killed by the Germans. Labour camp was dissolved and father walked back to Budapest. On the way to deportations, family was put in a block of flats. Father managed to get Swedish passports from Raul Wallenberg and place in a ‘Safe House’. Siege of Budapest started. 13 January first Russian Soldier appeared in the house.