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Thomas H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2522) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2522

Videotape testimony of Thomas H., who was born in Busʹk, Poland in 1929. He recalls a large, extended family; Soviet occupation in 1939; German invasion in 1941; ghettoization; forced labor recruitment by the Judenrat; hiding during a round-up in fall 1942; building hiding places; his father and brother being caught during a round-up in May 1943; escaping with his mother and aunt; hiding in a village, the forest, and with a Polish woman; learning from others hiding there that his father and brother had been killed; a police raid (others in hiding were caught); the Polish woman taking them to a relative in Angeluvka; living in the forest; meeting two uncles; receiving food from a Jew and non-Jews; helping his uncle when Germans shot him; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Busʹk; moving to Lʹviv, Przemyśl, and Kraków; leaving his mother to join a Gordonyah kibbutz; moving to Munich with the kibbutz; joining his mother and relatives in Vienna; and emigrating to the United States in 1948. Mr. H. discusses psychological problems; not sharing his past, even with his children, until recently; connection with the Jewish community despite his lack of belief; and the pain of his father's and brothers' deaths. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
H., Thomas, 1929-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage
Interview Date
February 5, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Thomas H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2522). 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/4287774
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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