Oscar E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-770) interviewed by Stephen Shanfield and Ted Zinnreich
- San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1986
- Interview Date
- July 20, 1986.
- 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.
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.