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Oscar E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-770) interviewed by Stephen Shanfield and Ted Zinnreich

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-770

Videotape testimony of Oscar E., who was born in Košice, Czechoslovakia in 1930. In unusual detail, he describes his maternal grandfather's and other relatives' emigration to the United States; Hungarian occupation; antisemitic restrictions; moving to Bardejov in 1938; deportations in 1942; being smuggled with his sister to Budapest; their mother briefly joining them; her deportation (he never saw either of his parents again); living with families in Székesfehérvár, Győr, in a village with his aunt, then in Pribeta; being rounded-up in Nové Zámky in May 1944; deportation with his sister, aunt, and cousin to Auschwitz/Birkenau; remaining with his cousin; his privileged position as a runner for the barrack supervisor; sharing extra food with his cousin and friends; selection for a nearby labor camp; public hanging of escapees; hospitalization; transport to Mauthausen in December; Allied reconnaissance planes providing them with hope; a death march to Gunskirchen in March; his cousin's death; escaping in May; encountering United States troops; living in Wels; assistance from the Joint; contacting his grandfather in the U.S.; living in an orphanage in Bratislava; assistance from UNRRA; joining his sister in Erding, Germany; and their emigration to the United States in May 1946. Mr. E. discusses pervasive, vivid memories of death all around.

Author/Creator
E., Oscar, 1930-
Published
San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1986
Interview Date
July 20, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Oscar E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-770). 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/4282368
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