Michael V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2725) interviewed by Dana L. Kline
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- November 21, 1994.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Michael V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2725). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Michael V., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1936. He relates his family's long history in Hungary; his father's successful career as a textile businessman; the impact of anti-Jewish laws; his father's compulsory service in a Hungarian labor battalion and subsequent disappearance (he never saw his father again); German occupation in 1944; moving into a building designated for Jews; good relations with non-Jews; learning of deportations; obtaining false papers of protection from the Swiss consulate; living in a Vatican protected house; escaping a round-up of residents of the house; and moving into the ghetto. Mr. V. recalls liberation by Soviet troops; relocating with his mother to his uncle's in the country to avoid starvation; returning to Budapest; leaving for Vienna after the Hungarian revolution; and emigration to the United States. Mr. V. discusses his identity as a Hungarian and as a Jew and his disagreement with the "show business" view that one could survive by virtue of one's own resources and that people were generally willing to assist Jews.