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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.
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.