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Harry T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1803) interviewed by Dina Choshen and Amit Dobkin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1803

Videotape testimony of Harry T., who was born in Czechoslovakia in 1922. He recalls anti-Semitic violence in school; active participation in a Zionist organization; German occupation; destroying Zionist documents with Jacob Edelstein; Edelstein's concept of avoiding death transports through internal deportations; a leadership position under Edelstein in Theresienstadt; compiling lists of deportees under duress; attempting to save children, providing education and medical care; public hangings, starvation, and fear; Edelstein's anguish when forced to attend executions; Edelstein's deportation to Auschwitz for attempting to shorten deportation lists; his own narrow escape from deportation; and Paul Eppstein replacing Edelstein. Mr. T. describes deportation to Auschwitz with his mother and brother; assignment to the children's camp; his hearing loss from a severe beating; assignment to a forced labor brigade rebuilding a destroyed factory; attempting suicide; the death march to Sachsenhausen; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; posing as a Christian in Germany; reunion with his parents in Prague; marriage; and emigration to Israel. He discusses the organization of Theresienstadt; his feelings in the camps; and his present lack of energy and desire for quiet and peace due to his camp experiences.

T., Harry, 1922-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985
Interview Date
October 16, 1985, October 30, 1985, and November 13, 1985.
Prague (Czech Republic)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Harry T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1803). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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