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Alexander R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1895) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1895

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    Videotape testimony of Alexander R., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1908. Mr. R. recalls his youth in a prominent, assimilated family; loss of the family shoe store during the 1919 Communist regime; suppression of the Communists; return of the family business; antisemitism in school and university admissions; law studies; and receiving his doctorate in 1930. He recounts his law apprenticeship with a Jewish politician; military service starting in 1931; attending officer candidate school; antisemitic incidents; discharge in 1932; return to law practice; the political shift to the right from 1933 onward; marriage in 1938; restrictive Jewish laws; compulsory service in a labor battalion in Oradea; a temporary medical discharge; service in Esztergom; becoming platoon leader; weekly furloughs in Budapest; transfer to Transylvania in 1943; transfer to oilfields near Ploiești in the spring of 1944; return to Budapest; living with his family and other Jews in a school building; using his contacts to avoid deportation; and Gestapo execution of twenty-five people, including his oldest brother. This testimony contains many anecdotes and details of communal, political and military events in Hungary.
    R., Alexander, 1908-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
    Interview Date
    November 19, 1992.
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Oradea (Romania)
    Ploiești (Romania)
    XV. Kerület (Budapest, Hungary)
    Esztergom (Hungary)
    Cite As
    Alexander R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1895). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Cohen, Frances Proctor, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (4 hr., 26 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.

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