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Rudy F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2465) interviewed by Leon Satenstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2465

Videotape testimony of Rudy F., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1921. He recalls many non-Jewish friends; antisemitism following the Anschluss; implementation of the Nuremberg laws; unsuccessful efforts to emigrate; joining a kibbutz to prepare for emigration to Palestine; Kristallnacht; arrest immediately after the war began; transfer to Buchenwald; slave labor; hospitalization; being saved by non-Jewish prisoners; apprenticeship as a bricklayer, which provided better rations; receiving mail from his family until August 1942; transfer to Auschwitz in October; assignment to Buna/Monowitz; working as a bricklayer; contact with British POWs; sabotaging work when he could; the death march in January 1945; train transport back to Buchenwald; friends he had previously known providing a privileged work assignment; liberation by United States troops in April; living in Salzburg, then Vienna; learning his parents and sister had been deported to Minsk (no one returned); receiving papers from relatives in the United States; living in Stuttgart displaced persons camp; emigration to the United States in 1947; and marriage to a friend he had known in Vienna. Mr. F. discusses relations between prisoner groups in the camps; the prisoner hierarchy; and recurring nightmares.

Author/Creator
F., Rudy, 1921-
Published
Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1991
Interview Date
July 18, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rudy F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2465). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4287548
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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