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Over the course of a week in May, 2001, and a week in June, 2002, we met with a wide spectrum of people living in Oradea. We wanted to begin to understand the perspectives people of different interests, ages, religions and professions would bring to our project. The meetings, most filmed to document the process for our planned feature documentary, include those listed below. Excerpts from some of these meetings and interviews can be found here.

Oradea's Jewish Community

Laci Freund, survivor of Oradea ghetto and of Auschwitz, ex-president of the Jewish community.

Teodor Felix Koppelman, President of the Jewish Community of Oradea, an important and supportive partner in our project.

Dr. Peter Kovari, renowned physician and past president of the Jewish Community, died tragically in 2002.

Tamas Kovari.

Peter Mihelfy, survivor of the ghetto and of forced labor, owns and operates a bookstore in the city center.

Dr. Terez Mozes and Dr. Karoly Mozes.

Sabina Rosenberg, survivor of the ghetto and of Auschwitz, teaches German in her home.

Peter Stern, administrator for the Jewish Community.

Peter Weisz, emigrated to Israel after high school, a successful businessman with ties to the city of his birth.

Eyewitnesses

Sandor Popp, helped a number of his Jewish friends and neighbors escape ghettoization and deportation.

Magdalena Covaci and Elisabeta Horvat, elderly Roma women, eyewitnesses to the ghettoization and deportations.

Government Officials

Petru Filip, Mayor of Oradea, an early supporter of our project.

Adrian Luncan, Chief Architect of Oradea, an important partner, suggested siting the memorial in the spacious area approved by the City Councilors.

Florian Serac, Prefect of Bihor County.

Church Leaders

Laszlo Tokes

Florea Petroniu, Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Church, describes the need he sees for understanding and confronting the past.

Leaders of the Arts, Educators, Journalists

Aurel Chiriac, Director of Tarii Crisurilor Museum, an important partner in creating the new memorial.

Artists and historians, Lucia Cornea, Miklos Jakobovits, Maria Zintz.

Lia Pop

Journalists, Pengo Zoltan and Adrian Cris

School teachers: Zoltan Akos, Maria Cordban, Ana Gale, and Gyongyi Szabo.

Leaders of Roma community

Iosif Rostas and Rudolf Balog.

Friends of the project and members of our team

Alexandru Badinici, marketing director of local internet company and part time tour guide.

Viorel Lascu 

Nicolae Nistoroiu, cameraman works for national TV station, TVR1.

Annamaria Sava, executive assistant to Oradea's Mayor, urban planner.

Ioan Selyem, secretary and translator for a charity in Oradea and leader of Oradea's English Club.

Mihai Tanase, successful and highly skilled cinematographer based in Bucharest. 

 


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