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Michael R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2540) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2540

Videotape testimony of Michael R., who was born in Teaca, Romania in 1932. He recounts his large, extended family's orthodoxy; moving to Maros-Vásárhely (Tîrgu-Mure̦s); Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish measures; his father's conscription into a Hungarian labor battalion in 1943 (he never saw him again); ghettoization in January 1944; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in May 1944; assignment with his uncle to the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); sudden disappearance of the Romanies; learning his mother had been killed; transfer to the children's camp; work assignments collecting garbage and gardening; stealing from storehouses; a prisoner lock-down and hangings after the revolt; the death march and transport to Mauthausen in January 1945; chaotic conditions in the tent camp; Allied bombing; transfer to an empty camp, then Gunskirchen; remaining with his uncle; liberation; prisoners killing German soldiers; living in Wels displaced persons camp; his uncle's death; moving to the displaced persons camp in Linz; befriending a United States soldier; and emigration to the United States. Mr. R. discusses the organization and intergroup relations in the camps; becoming part of the soldier's family, and later two other families; and his education, career and family.

Author/Creator
R., Michael, 1932-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
March 11, 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-2540). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.