Max R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-902) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Susanna Neuman
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
- Interview Date
- May 18, 1987.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Max R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-902). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Max R., who was born in Tekovské Šarluhy, Hungary (presently Tekovské Lužany, Slovakia) in 1908. He recalls attending yeshiva until he was nineteen; working in the family business; marriage in 1934; moving to Nitra, Czechoslovakia (his wife's hometown); his successful business; and cordial relations with non-Jews. Mr. R. recounts antisemitism in newly formed Slovakia beginning in 1939; attempts to prove his Hungarian citizenship since Hungary was not liquidating Jews; having his children smuggled to Hungary; attempts to smuggle himself and his wife; arrival in Budapest; hiding in Komárno with his parents; joining their children in Makó; serving in a forced labor battalion in Oradea, Romania, beginning in April 1943, in the hope that it would save his children; and two family visits. He describes an officer who helped him escape to Budapest in December 1944; finding relatives in the Budapest ghetto; liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945; learning his family had survived; their July 1945 reunion in Nitra; reopening his family business in Tekovské Šarluhy; escape to Vienna in 1949; sending his children to England; remaining in Italy for health reasons; joining his family in the United States in 1951; working with his son in the jewelry business; and his joy in his grandchildren.