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Michael R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1882) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1882

Videotape testimony of Michael R., who was born in Felsőcéce, Hungary in 1914 and grew up in Abaújszántó. He recalls a comfortable childhood within a large, extended family; moving to Miskolc in 1930; marriage in 1938; war mobilization; anti-Semitic regulations; his son's birth in 1940; compulsory service in a labor battalion in 1942 (two of his brothers perished); returning to Miskolc; German occupation in 1944; his parents' deportations; ghettoization; avoiding deportation by enlisting, with a brother, in a labor battalion; working under a protective commander in Jósvafó and on the Russian front; retreating through Košice and Aszaló to Balf; encountering another brother; a Hungarian woman who assisted them; the death march to Mauthausen, then Gunskirchen; and liberation by United States troops in May. Mr. R. remembers recuperating in Wels; returning to Budapest, then Miskolc; learning his wife and child had been killed; assisting in the re-establishment of the Jewish community; starting his business; remarriage; and emigration to the United States in 1949. He describes his reluctance to discuss his story with his children and moving his brother's grave to Israel upon learning the cemetery in Miskolc was to be destroyed.

Author/Creator
R., Michael, 1914-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992 and 1993
Interview Date
June 30, 1992 and October 25, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michael R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1882). 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/1072608
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:10:00
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