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Michael V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2725) interviewed by Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2725

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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    V., Michael, 1936-
    Published
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
    Interview Date
    November 21, 1994.
    Locale
    Hungary
    Budapest
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Cite As
    Michael V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2725). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Postwar experiences.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1084884
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:58:00
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