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Abraham P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-738) interviewed by Sidney M. Bolkosky,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-738

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Abraham P., who was born in Beclean, Romania, to a family of six children in approximately 1924. He recalls his large and close extended family; the small Jewish community and family life; attending a yeshiva in Sighet for eighteen months; antisemitism; Hungarian occupation; implementation of anti-Jewish measures; his two older brothers' draft into Hungarian forced labor battalions; German invasion; deportation with his family to Dej; three weeks of forced labor in an open field; deportation to Auschwitz; and separation from his parents and younger brother upon arrival (he never saw them again). Mr. P. vividly describes conditions in Auschwitz; learning about the gas chambers and that his family had perished there; agonizing appells; transfer with his brothers to Buchenwald, Zeitz, and back to Buchenwald; group prayers; factory work in Schlieben; starvation, beatings and humiliation; transfer to Flossenbürg; assistance from a Jewish kapo; transfer to Terezín; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; reunion with his brothers; returning to Beclean; moving to Hungary, then to a displaced persons camp in Ulm; and emigration to the United States. He tells of his draft into the United States army; serving as a chaplain; dreams about his youngest brother, whose death he blames himself; and the importance of his frequent school visits to teach about the Holocaust.
    Author/Creator
    P., Abraham, 1924?-2017.
    Published
    Dearborn, Mich. : University of Michigan-Dearborn Survivor Oral History Collection, 1984
    Interview Date
    August 13, 1984.
    Locale
    Romania
    Beclean (Romania)
    Dej (Romania)
    Sighet (Romania)
    Cite As
    Abraham P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-738). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Bolkosky, Sidney M., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 50 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Hungarian occupation.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Mutual aid.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1091657
    Record last modified:
    2019-11-18 16:16:00
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