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Aladar M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2854) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Lucille B. Ritvo

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2854

Videotape testimony of Aladar M., who was born in Tîrgu-Lāpuș, Romania in 1927. He describes Hungarian occupation in 1940; anti-Jewish restrictions; German occupation in 1944; deportation with his parents and three brothers to Dej; living for three weeks in a forest camp; separation from his parents and youngest brother upon arrival in Birkenau (he never saw them again); transfer with his oldest brother to Longwy-Thil to build a factory; his indifference upon learning of D-Day; harsh conditions working in a salt mine in Kochendorf in the fall of 1944; transport with his brother to Dachau; their separation while being transferred to Allach; transfer to the infirmary in Dachau when he had tuberculosis; assistance from a German who was a Catholic priest; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. M. describes traveling to Feldafing; reunion with his brother in Munich; living in Landsberg; returning to Tîrgu-Lāpuș in August 1945 to join their older brother; traveling via Budapest and Austria to Germany in 1946; living in the Feldafing refugee camp; and emigration to the United States from Straubing in 1949. He discusses his reluctance to talk about his experiences or revisit Germany, and frequent nightmares.

Author/Creator
M., Aladar, 1927-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
May 15, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aladar M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2854). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.