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Marcel L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-275) interviewed by Sarah Ducorsky

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-275

Videotape testimony of Marcel L., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1920, one of five children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; his father selling their stores in 1936 to emigrate to Palestine; one brother emigrating there; increasing influence of Hungarian fascists; his father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1939; his return after two months; he and his brothers being drafted in 1941; his brothers being sent to the Russian front (they did not return); a Hungarian Nazi, who was his father's friend, helping them avoid deportation; visiting his family in 1944 in the Budapest ghetto (his sister's child died then); his transfer to Bergen-Belsen in December; working in the hospital; learning his sister had arrived through a letter (he recently donated it to Yad Vashem); seeing her only once (she did not survive); train evacuation in April; liberation by United States troops; returning to Budapest; reunion with his parents; their insistence he leave; living in a displaced persons camp in Germany for two years; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Mr. L. discusses surviving due to luck; never losing his faith; and often sharing his experiences with his children.

Author/Creator
L., Marcel, 1920-
Published
Lawrence, N. Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
Interview Date
November 3, 1982.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; 2 Betacam SP dubs; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marcel L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-275). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4293378
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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