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Edward H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-321) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-321

Videotape testimony of Edward H., who was born in Sevluš, Czechoslovakia (presently Vynohradiv, Ukraine) in approximately 1930. He recounts his father being sent for forced labor in 1943 (he never saw him again); ghettoization with his mother and extended family; deportation by Hungarian soldiers; transfer to German soldiers in Košice; arrival at Auschwitz in April; selection with his brother for work; volunteering for transfer (his brother did not, wanting to stay with an uncle); train transport three weeks later to Dyhernfurth; slave labor; his father's best friend "watching over" him; Yom Kippur services; transfer to Fünfteichen; Russian POWs killing an officer; a public hanging of randomly selected Russians; transfer to Dernau: slave labor in a coal mine; a death march to Friedland; transfer to Dachau, then Ebensee; prisoners killing a cruel prisoner-official shortly before liberation; liberation by United States troops; Russian prisoners killing German soldiers; returning home via Linz and Prague; finding the town "like a morgue"; living with cousins in Podmokly; joining a children's group brought to Ireland; emigration to the United States in 1952; and serving in the Korean War. Mr. H. discusses his state of mind in camps and retaining his belief in God. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
H., Edward, 1930?-
Published
Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1984
Interview Date
May 1, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edward H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-321). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.