Salomon R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2591) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- June 29, 1993.
- 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.
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.