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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.

Author/Creator
T., Harry, 1922-
Published
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.
Locale
Czechoslovakia
Prague (Czech Republic)
Israel
Language
Hebrew
Copies
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.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284153
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:23:00
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