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Robert W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2580) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2580

Videotape testimony of Robert W., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1924. He recalls his parents' divorce; his mother's poverty; antisemitic incidents in school; obtaining a scholarship for high school; increased official and public antisemitism beginning in 1939; German occupation in March 1944; Allied bombing; conscription for labor in Vác; observing boxcars transporting Jews; munitions work in Magyaróvár; volunteering for farm work; bribing a sergeant for a transfer to Budapest; obtaining Portuguese passports for himself, his mother, and grandmother; living in housing protected by the Portuguese government; arrest; transfer to Fertőrakos; a futile escape attempt; forced labor digging trenches; escaping with another prisoner (Ivan R.); their arrest; beating from a German officer in Balf; incarceration in Hidegség; transfer to a Gestapo prison in Sopron; receiving extra food from friendly guards; their escape with help from Ivan R.'s friend; purchasing false papers; traveling to Komárom and Tokod; their conscription into the Hungarian army; desertion in Süttő; a futile attempt to cross the Danube to Soviet lines at Ebszőnybánya; arrest and imprisonment in Dorog; joining the Hungarian Nazis; desertion; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Budapest; reunion with his mother and family; and emigration to Austria in 1956.

W., Robert, 1924-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
April 28, 1993.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Robert W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2580). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.