Ernest F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3044) interviewed by Robert Krell
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
- Interview Date
- September 7, 1983.
- 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.
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.