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Hyman M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1894) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1894

Videotape testimony of Hyman M., who was born in Huedin, Romania, in 1927. He recalls helping in the family store; attending Hebrew school; local conflicts between Vizhnitz and Satmar Hasidim; Hungarian occupation in 1940; his family selling their store rather than complying with Saturday opening requirements; his parents refusal to hide in the woods (his mother was pregnant with her ninth child); transfer to a Cluj brickyard in 1944; and his resentment when the Satmar rebbe escaped to Switzerland. Mr. M. recounts transport to Auschwitz; transfer with his father and brother to Kaufering (he never saw the rest of the family again); efforts to stay with his father and his brother so they could help each other; transport to Landsberg; receiving food from a guard; Allied bombing enroute to Dachau; liberation the day they arrived; and the shooting of several SS men. He describes recuperating in Feldafing and Munich; returning to Romania in the summer of 1945; fleeing to Germany to avoid military conscription; and emigration with his brother to the United States in 1947. He discusses visiting Huedin with his wife and children in 1964 and his belief that religion has no meaning and leads to conflict.

Author/Creator
M., Hyman, 1927-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
December 2, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hyman M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1894). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.