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Shraga D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4463) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Barbara Hadley Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4463

Videotape testimony of Shraga D., who was born in Munkács, Czechoslovakia (presently Mukacheve, Ukraine) in 1930, the sixth of seven children. He recalls their comfortable life; attending public school and cheder; one brother's emigration to Palestine; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; his bar mitzvah; a brother and sister escaping to Budapest; German invasion in 1944; ghettoization; deportation with his family to Auschwitz; separation with his father from his mother and sisters; transfer a few days later to the former Warsaw ghetto; slave labor cleaning used bricks; a forced march, then train transport to Dachau, then to Mühldorf; slave labor constructing underground factories; transfer to a privileged kitchen job; sharing extra food with his father; assignment to a local farm; the farmer giving him extra food which he smuggled to his father; liberation by United States troops; traveling with his father to Prague, then Budapest; hearing from his two brothers in Palestine; traveling with the Jewish brigade to Italy; learning his sisters had survived; one of them joining them; living in refugee camps in Milan, Ostia, and Cinecittà; illegal emigration via Bari in 1946; interdiction by the British; incarceration in Cyprus for three months; reunion with his brothers in Israel; living on a kibbutz (his father and sister stayed with his brothers); military enlistment after the 1948 war; marriage; serving in the Sinai campaign; and emigration to the United States in 1960.

Author/Creator
D., Shraga, 1930-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2013
Interview Date
August 26, 2013.
Locale
Ukraine
Mukacheve
Czechoslovakia
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Budapest (Hungary)
Milan (Italy)
Ostia (Italy)
Bari (Italy)
Santa Maria di Leuca, Cape (Italy)
Palestine
Cyprus
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shraga D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4463). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.