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Jaire J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3108) interviewed by Jean Gerber

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3108

Videotape testimony of Jaire J., who was born in Budapest, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1912. He recalls attending university; his Hungarian patriotism; working as a textile engineer; anti-Jewish laws beginning in 1938; brief draft into Hungarian forced labor battalions in 1940 and 1941; being recalled in 1942; serving in Kiev and on the Russian front doing menial and dangerous labor; a humane supervisor; escaping with a large group in 1944; entering Majdanek shortly after its liberation; realizing the immense Jewish destruction; being sent to a forced labor camp in Siberia; release in 1946 due to his illness (others remained until 1948); his mother and future wife refusing to emigrate; rising antisemitism during the 1956 uprising; escaping with his family; and emigration to Canada. Mr. J. notes they rarely discuss the war years.

J., Jaire, 1912-
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1994
Interview Date
March 28, 1994.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jaire J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3108). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.