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Jack R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-553)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-553

Videotape testimony of Jack R., who was born in Mukachevo, Czechoslovakia in 1928. He describes his very loving parents; attending Czech public school; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish measures; deportation of non-Hungarian Jews to Poland; clandestinely studying for his Bar mitzvah with a Polish rabbi in 1941; German invasion in 1944; ghettoization; his brother's draft into a labor battalion (he never saw him again); separation from his mother and sisters upon arrival at Auschwitz on March 26, 1944; transfer with his father to Buchenwald and Zeitz; forced labor at the Brabag factory; his father's death after a severe beating for stealing an onion; volunteering to return to Buchenwald; hiding in the sick barrack until liberation; and traveling to Prague with a friend. Mr. R. recalls learning that none of his family members had survived; traveling to Munich in 1946; living in Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; emigrating to the United States in August 1947; and living in an orphanage, then with foster parents. He discusses his trauma when accused of stealing in a camp; his postwar abandonment of Judaism; and subsequently realizing its importance in his life.

R., Jack, 1928-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1983
Interview Date
October 2, 1983.
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Munich (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-553). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.