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Peter S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1872) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1872

Videotape testimony of Peter S., who was born in Chomonin, Czechoslovakia in 1923. He remembers antisemitic harassment; attending school in Mukacheve; membership in Hashomer Hatzair and Betar; Hungarian occupation; compulsory service in a Hungarian slave labor battalion in Uz︠h︡horod; German occupation; transfer to Baia Mare (Nagybánya), then Ditrău; a beating by Hungarian police; futile escape attempts; transfer to Budapest; meeting his brother; escaping; producing false papers for the Swedish Red Cross; returning to the battalion since he was unable to hide; transfer to Szombathely; returning to Budapest to work for the Swedish Red Cross; talking to Raoul Wallenberg; being caught during a Gestapo raid; torture while imprisoned; escape; hiding in the Swedish Consulate; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with his siblings; returning briefly to his hometown; working for Beriḥah, then at Leipheim displaced persons camp; learning about the deaths of his parents; emigrating to the United States; and his reluctance to share his experiences with his children. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
S., Peter, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial for the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
October 31, 1991.
Locale
Hungary
Czechoslovakia
Chomonin (Ukraine)
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
Baia Mare (Romania)
Ditrău (Romania)
Budapest (Hungary)
Szombathely (Hungary)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Peter S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1872). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.