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Michael R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2415) interviewed by David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2415

Videotape testimony of Michael R., who was born in Dresden, Germany in 1926. He recalls leaving suddenly for Teplice right after he started school; moving to Prague; his grandparents, who remained in Dresden, emigrating to Palestine; his father obtaining Ecuadorian passports; the outbreak of war preventing their emigration; his father's death in 1940; anti-Jewish restrictions, including expulsion from school and wearing the yellow star; deportation with his mother to Theresienstadt in 1942; living in a children's barrack, then a youth barrack; visiting his mother daily; several forced labor assignments; constant hunger; sham improvements for a Red Cross visit; musical performances by prisoners; separation from his mother when he was deported to Auschwitz (he never saw her again); useless slave labor; transfer to Gleiwitz; a Polish civilian worker leaving him food; a beating when he was caught eating it; fellow prisoners helping him while he healed; public hangings; a death march to Blechhammer; hiding when the march continued; being shot; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; returning to Prague; moving to Deggendorf displaced persons camp; a cousin in the Jewish brigade finding him and arranging his illegal entry to Italy; illegal emigration to Palestine; reunion with his grandparents; joining the Haganah; serving in the Israel-Arab War; marriage to a survivor in 1952; the birth of two children; his wife's death in 1980; and marriage to a British woman. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
R., Michael, 1926-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
March 3, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michael R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2415). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.