Ernest F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1659) interviewed by Elizabeth Jacob and Raya C. Schapiro
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1990
- Interview Date
- January 14, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ernest F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1659). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ernest F., who was born in Pressburg (Bratislava), Czechoslovakia in 1921. He recalls his family of eleven children; German occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; fleeing to Nitra in 1941; hiding in Borinka with his father; assistance from a non-Jewish friend; hiding in an attic with his brother and sister when his family was deported in 1942; posing as a non-Jew in Cabaj; escape to Hungary with his siblings; returning to Nitra via Levice in 1944; fabricating false papers; deportation with his brother to Sered,̕ then Auschwitz/Birkenau in October 1944; slave labor in a coal mine in Charlottengrube; being inspired to go on after dreaming of his father; assistance from a German officer and a Polish woman; a death march to Leslau in January 1945; transfer to Mauthausen; reunion with his brother in Ebensee in February; his brother's death in April; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. F. recounts reunion with a brother and sister in Pressburg; returning to Nitra; emigrating to the United States in 1948; and raising his children to be religious.