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Ervin E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2470) interviewed by Elsa Roth and Chaya Roth

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2470

Videotape testimony of Ervin E., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1922. He describes his father's status as a World War I hero, which provided exemption from anti-Jewish laws; being barred from university due to those laws; working as a lathe operator; compulsory service in a Hungarian forced labor battalion in 1943 in Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, and an area near Novi Sad; witnessing Ustaši, Croatians, and SS burning Serbian villages and killing civilians; being recruited by Chetniks; German occupation of Hungary in March 1944; escaping to Budapest with false papers in November; deportation with his father to Sachsenhausen in December; their volunteering as mechanics at a Heinkel factory; interacting with prisoners from many countries; sabotaging production; their transfer to another factory; and liberation from a death march by Soviet troops. Mr. E. recalls recuperating in a Soviet hospital; returning to Hungary; and the trauma of observing mothers seeking their children, many of whom never returned.

Author/Creator
E., Ervin, 1922-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1994
Interview Date
March 6, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ervin E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2470). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.