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Simon D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2631) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2631

Videotape testimony of Simon D., who was born in Mukacheve, Czechoslovakia in 1922. He recalls his family's Hasidism; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish laws; joining a resistance group which provided false papers; hearing of atrocities in Poland; a non-Jewish policeman warning him he was on a list for forced labor; fleeing to Budapest in 1943 (he never saw his family again); working in a Jewish hospital; posing as a non-Jew using false papers; receiving correspondence from his family; German occupation in March 1944; conscription into a labor battalion; assembling in Jászberény; transport to Reteag; working as an assistant to a doctor; retreating to Hungary, then Austria; escaping with another prisoner in spring 1945; posing as non-Jews; working for a farmer; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; the farmer's anger upon learning he was Jewish; traveling to Budapest; reunion with an aunt; and traveling to Romania. He shows photographs.

D., Simon, 1922-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
February 7, 1991.
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Budapest (Hungary)
Jászberény (Hungary)
Reteag (Romania)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Simon D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2631). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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