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MEMOIRIST:       LIVIA UNGAR GREESON

INTERVIEWER:   JOHN KENT

                             RUTH EINSTEIN

LOCATION:         ATLANTA, GEORGIA

DATE:                  DECEMBER 8, 2003

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BIOGRAPHY

Livia Ungar Greeson was born in F├╝zesabony, Hungary in 1930.  She came from a large family.  During the war her family lost between 80-85 people.  A few of her cousins survived the Holocaust, but her mother passed away in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp just four days before liberation.  They also lived in Miskolc, the second largest city in Hungary.  What she remembers the most of, when she was in the concentration camp, the constant lack of food, the desire of just having a small meal.  Eventually she came to the United States, first to New York and later she moved to Atlanta, GA.

SCOPE OF INTERVIEW

In this interview, Livia Ungar Gleeson will share her life experience prior World War II, growing up in Miskolc, the second largest city in Hungary and the difficulties living under anti-Jewish laws the Hungarian government imposed on the Jewish population.  She will talk about her time in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp with her mother, the constant lack of food and how she and others around her managed to survive the Holocaust.  She will share her experience when she first arrived in the United States two days after Thanksgiving and how she adjusted to a new life in America.

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