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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-738

Videotape testimony of Abraham P., who was born in Beclean, Romania, to a family of six children. 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.
Published
Dearborn, Mich. : University of Michigan-Dearborn Survivor Oral History Collection, 1984
Interview Date
August 13, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abraham P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-738). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.