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Max R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-902) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Susanna Neuman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-902

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.

Author/Creator
R., Max, 1908-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
May 18, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1029492
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