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Moses F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4480) interviewed by Susan Millen and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4480

Videotape testimony of Moses F., who was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1930, one of ten children. He recalls his family moving to Hajdúhadház; their orthodoxy; his father working as a teacher; his mother's business selling milk; his older brothers' draft into Hungarian slave labor battalions; an older sister moving to Budapest; round-up with his parents and younger sister to the Hajdúhadház ghetto in spring 1944; his bar mitzvah there; transfer to the Debrecen ghetto; deportation to Austria; a forester taking his family, including cousins, aunts, and uncles, to cut trees; having to fill a daily quota of cut wood; receiving ration tickets to purchase food; local Austrians giving them extra food; transfer with his family to an ammunition factory six months later, then to Theresienstadt after three months; his sense of humiliation; his brother smuggling food to them due to his privileged position in the kitchen, then giving food to prisoners arriving from death marches; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Budapest two days later, then to Hajdúhadház; reunion with relatives, including his sister who had hidden in Budapest; smuggling themselves to Austria two years later; living in a refugee camp; illegal emigration to Palestine to join his brother in early 1948; serving in the Israel-Arab War; other family members arriving; and emigration to the United States to marry. Mr. F. notes his happy marriage and his children, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He shows photographs.

F., Moses, 1930-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2015
Interview Date
June 1, 2015.
Debrecen (Hungary)
Hajdúhadház (Hungary)
Budapest (Hungary)
3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and DVD.
Cite As
Moses F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4480). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.