Oral History Interview with Agnes Adachi

Agnes Adachi, nee Mandl, was born in l9l8 in Budapest. She was the only child in a minimally observant Jewish family. She attended a Reformed Church school, where she received some Hebrew instruction. In l943, prior to the German invasion, she was baptized by a Reformed Church pastor to save her from deportation. Her father was taken away by the Hungarian Arrow Cross and his Christian partner in a textile stored appropriated the business.

Agnes was given asylum in the Swedish Embassy together with many other refugees and helped in the distribution of Schutzpasses with Raoul Wallenberg. She describes Wallenberg’s wit and daring in dealing with Arrow Cross and German officers. She credits the Swiss Red Cross as well as the Swedish Red Cross for their aid. In l945, after the war ended, she was in Sweden, where she worked with Count Bernadotte as a teacher of refugees.
Her memoir is Child of the Winds: My Mission with Raoul Wallenberg, Chicago: Adams Press, 1989

Date: 07/18/1989
Interviewer: Nora Levin
Interviewee: Agnes Adachi
Language: English
Subject: Baptism.
Holocaust survivors' writings.
Holocaust survivors.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives.
Jewish women in the Holocaust.
World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Hungary.
World War, 1939-1945--Jews--Rescue--Hungary.
World War, 1939-1945--War work--Hungary.
World War, 1939-1945--War work--Sweden.
Women--Personal narratives.
Budapest (Hungary)
Adachi, Agnes.
Wallenberg, Raoul, 1912-1947.
Nyilaskeresztes Párt.
Red Cross and Red Crescent.
Schweizerisches Rotes Kreuz.
Svenska röda korset.
Location: Budapest, Hungary
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