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Salomon R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2591) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2591

Videotape testimony of Salomon R., who was born in Bodrogkeresztúr, Hungary in 1913, one of nine children. He recalls his family's comfortable, orthodox life; attending yeshiva in Miskolc; working in his father's lumber business; his father's decision to join his fellow Jews in the Sátoraljáujhely ghetto despite his exemption as a decorated veteran; joining his family after he and his brother failed to find a hiding place; deportation to Auschwitz; remaining with two brothers (he never saw his father again); their transfer to Schotterwerk; with his brother, becoming adjutant to the Kommandant; smuggling food; saving other prisoners; refusing to help Hungarian guards escape; their denunciation by the guards; brutal beatings; their transfer to Doernhau; the death march to Gross-Rosen; he and his brother being saved from execution by another guard; death marches to various camps, including Flossenbürg; posing as non-Jews among Dutch prisoners; liberation by United States troops; return to Bodrogkeresztúr; reunion with his mother and surviving siblings; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1948. Mr. R. discusses restoring the Jewish cemetery in Bodrogkeresztúr and a Jewish school in Budapest and the importance of faith to his survival. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
R., Salomon, 1913-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
June 29, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Salomon R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2591). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.