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William F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-693) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Miriam Forman and interpreted by Brenda Marshall,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-693

Videotape testimony of William F., who was born deaf in a small town near Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary, in 1910. Mr. F. describes his childhood in a large family (two brothers were also deaf); learning from his father to read Hebrew for his bar mitzvah; being self-taught because he lacked a formal education; becoming a leatherworker; his pride at living independently in Budapest at age eighteen; growing antisemitism; fleeing to Czechoslovakia in late 1937; courtship and marriage; and establishing a business in Piešt̕any. He recalls a Christian maid who helped him and his wife avoid deportation in 1940; escaping to Romania and then Yugoslavia; boarding a ship with 1200 Jews fleeing to Palestine; being shipwrecked on an uncharted Aegean island; rescue by an Italian ship; detention in camps on Rhodes and another island; surviving a bomb attack; liberation; and an army captain who helped him and his wife travel to America in 1944. He relates internment in Oswego; learning of the loss in Europe of nearly all his family; a wealthy Hungarian immigrant who helped them remain in America after the war; reunion with his sole surviving sister in Israel in 1963; his second marriage; moving to Israel in 1972; and returning to America after the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

F., William, 1910-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
April 13, 1986.
Sátoraljaújhely (Hungary)
Piešt̕any (Slovakia)
Oswego (N.Y.)
Budapest (Hungary)
Rhodes (Greece)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-693). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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