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Frank N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-799) interviewed by Sondra F. Kraff and Allen M. Siegel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-799

Videotape testimony of Frank N., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1927. He recalls his close, extended family; antisemitic incidents in public school; transfer to a Jewish school; German occupation in March 1944; forced relocation with his parents to an overcrowded, yellow-star house; the contrast between the reality of the ghetto and poetry readings in the house; working as a messenger for the Jewish council, then for the Swiss embassy until the Arrow Cross takeover on October 15, 1944; being caught in a round-up with his father and sentenced for execution by László Ferenczy as a Swiss spy; transfer to a labor camp near Csömör, then to Pesterzsébet; obtaining a letter of protection from the Swiss embassy; mass killing of the ill during a march to Budapest; escaping; hiding in a Red Cross children's home; his arrest while visiting his parents; escape; hiding in a Swiss safe house, a children's home, and a bunker of the Swiss embassy "glass house" with several hundred others; liberation; and reunion with his parents. Dr. N. recounts graduating from medical school; emigration to the United States in 1956; marriage; and the birth of his two children. He discusses the importance of luck to his survival.

Author/Creator
N., Frank, 1927-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
December 14, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frank N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-799). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1111968
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