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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.

Author/Creator
W., Robert, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
April 28, 1993.
Locale
Hungary
Budapest (Hungary)
Vác (Hungary)
Magyaróvár (Hungary)
Fertőrákos (Hungary)
Balf (Hungary)
Hidegség (Hungary)
Ebszőnybánya (Hungary)
Sopron (Hungary)
Komárom (Hungary)
Tokod (Hungary)
Süttő (Hungary)
Dorog (Komárom Megye, Hungary)
Language
English
Copies
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.