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Ernest F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3044) interviewed by Robert Krell,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3044

Videotape testimony of Ernest F., who was born in Makó, Hungary in 1923. He recounts his family's strong sense of Hungarian patriotism and identity; anti-Jewish laws; antisemitism beginning in 1938; attending law school in Cluj beginning in 1941; German occupation in 1944; returning home; ghettoization; being drafted into a Hungarian forced labor battalion in June; digging trenches for the German army in the Carpathian area; random beatings and executions; being overrun by Soviet troops in Uzh︠h︡orod on October 27; capture by Soviets as an axis prisoner of war; escaping; traveling to Makó; learning his parents had been deported; attending university in Debrecen; learning his parents had survived; their return to Makó; his marriage in 1953; antisemitic incidents during the 1956 uprising; escaping to Vienna with his family in December; and emigration to Canada in April 1957. Mr. F. notes the importance of luck and personal religious beliefs to his survival.

F., Ernest, 1923-
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
Interview Date
September 7, 1983.
Soviet Union
Makó (Hungary)
Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
Debrecen (Hungary)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ernest F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3044). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.