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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.

D., Shraga, 1930-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2013
Interview Date
August 26, 2013.
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.