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Alfred T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-999)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-999

Videotape testimony of Alfred T., who was born in Konyár, Hungary in 1920. He recalls antisemitic harassment in school; attending gymnasium in Debrecen; joining a brother in Budapest in August 1936; apprenticing to a window-designer; attending art classes; gymnastics training; working as a window-designer; changing his name to conceal he was Jewish; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in October 1940; transfer to Belgorod on the Soviet front in November 1941; removing mines and corpses; execution of every tenth prisoner when two prisoners escaped; capture by Soviets in January 1943; internment with German and Hungarian POWs; carrying a friend on a forced march; escaping; begging with friends in villages; arrest as German spies; internment in a POW camp; hospitalization for typhus; transport to Nizhniĭ Novgorod in May; hospitalization; working on a collective farm after recovering; transport to Siberia in August; forced labor in prison camps; and returning home in August 1947. Mr. T. discusses the irony of imprisonment with Nazis; the importance of resilience and physical strength to his survival; and becoming a sculptor.

Author/Creator
T., Alfred, 1920-
Published
Columbus, Ohio : Children of Holocaust Survivors, Columbus Chapter, 1987
Interview Date
July 26, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alfred T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-999). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.