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Sol E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1468) interviewed by Nathan Miller and Myra Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1468

Videotape testimony of Sol E., who was born in Nyírbátor, Hungary in 1928. He recalls attending religious school and yeshiva; anti-Semitic incidents; weekly forced labor from 1940 through 1944; German occupation; transfer to the Simapuszta ghetto for two months; deportation to Birkenau; praying in the train with his father, whom he never saw again; transfer to Auschwitz, then Monowitz; religious observances; the death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; a friend saving him from execution; transport to Buchenwald; Czechs throwing food into the train; becoming more hopeful upon learning his brother was alive; and self-liberation by the prisoners hours before United States troops arrived. He describes joining a children's transport to France in June 1945; forming lasting bonds with the other children at orphanages in several locales; attending yeshiva in Aix-les-Bains and another town; communication with an uncle in Lyon and his brother and sister in Hungary (he reads a translation of his brother's letter); joining his brother in the United States in 1948; and marriage in 1951. He shows a picture of the children at an orphanage, including Elie Wiesel, and discusses a recent visit to Nyírbátor.

Author/Creator
E., Sol, 1928-2012.
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
January 28, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sol E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1468). 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/1089247
Record last modified: 2012-07-25 10:11:00
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