Moses F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4480) interviewed by Susan Millen and Barbara Hadley Katz
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.
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2015
- Interview Date
- June 1, 2015.
- 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.