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Eitan P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1804) interviewed by Dina Choshen and Raphael Rozner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1804

Videotape testimony of Eitan P., who was born in Khust, Czechoslovakia in 1928. He recalls participation in No'ar ha-Tsiyoni; German invasion; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his mother upon arrival; slave labor with his brothers; seeing his father; learning his father was selected for death; the death march to Gleiwitz; train transportation to Dora/Nordhausen; a Hungarian soldier (a former neighbor) saving his brother; public hangings; slave labor; transfer to Bergen-Belsen (he never saw his brothers again); volunteering to burn corpses for extra food; and liberation by British troops. Mr. P. describes encountering the Jewish Brigade; learning in Khust that no family members had survived; traveling to Brivio to prepare to emigrate to Palestine; empathic villagers listening to his experiences; illegal emigration from Pisa to Palestine; incarceration by the British in Cyprus and ʻAtlit; military service in the Israel-Arab War; pride in bearing arms despite Israeli scorn for survivors; marriage to a survivor; heightened memories during the Eichmann trial; and visiting Germany despite his discomfort.

Author/Creator
P., Eitan, 1928-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985
Interview Date
October 16, 1985.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eitan P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1804). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.