Myron P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2688) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- November 18, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Myron P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2688). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Myron P., who was born in Sighet, Romania in 1923, one of six children. Mr. P. recounts his father's death prior to his birth (he was named for him); orthodox observances of holidays and Sabbath by his family and the community; attending cheder; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish laws and quotas; conscription of two brothers into Hungarian slave labor battalions (he never saw them again); graduation from business school; German invasion in 1944; forced labor in a nearby town; ghettoization in Sighet; deportation with his mother, sister, and family to Auschwitz/Birkenau; selection with his brother-in-law, with whom he remained (he never saw the others again); transfer to Wolfsberg; slave labor digging tunnels for Todt; hunger, beatings, cold, and appels; transfer in open cattle cars to Ebensee in 1945; forced labor; better treatment by Wehrmacht guards than the SS; liberation by United States troops; returning to Sighet (one brother and sister had survived); working as an accountant; marriage; and emigration with his wife and two children to the United States in 1965 due to antisemitism. Mr. P. discusses the importance of youth and good health to his survival, and decreasing religious observances of the survivors in Sighet after the war.