Mark F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-272) interviewed by Esther Gross
- Lawrence, N. Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
- Interview Date
- October 6, 1982.
- 4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mark F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-272). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mark F., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in approximately 1919. He recalls many older siblings who were married; his family's orthodoxy; attending yeshiva; learning typesetting; joining his brother-in-law's business; military forced labor in Podolinec; buying his way out; confiscation of the business; forced relocation; coworkers hiding him, his brother, and two friends; arranging train transportation to Switzerland; betrayal; moving to another town with his friends; exposure as Jews; deportation to Sered; exemption from transports due to his brother-in-law's connections; forging papers; escaping with a friend; traveling to Bratislava; contacting his sister who arranged for him to be smuggled to Hungary; living with a cousin in Budapest; employment as an engraver; earning large sums making false papers; learning his father was in prison; failing to obtain his release; his deportation; capture in 1944; deportation to Sárvár, then Auschwitz; a privileged position due to his connections; transport in October to an airplane wing factory; being injured while working; assistance from a prisoner doctor; making matzoh on Passover; rabbis encouraging them to keep their faith; a three week death march to Buchenwald; liberation in April 1945; traveling to Prague; reunion with two brothers, a niece, and a nephew; joining relatives in Tangier; and joining his sister in the United States. Mr. F. discusses his continuing belief in God.