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Larry H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-341) interviewed by Peggy Nathan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-341

Videotape testimony of Larry H., who was born in Khust, Czechoslovakia, the oldest of five children. He recalls attending Czech and Jewish schools; their relative affluence; leadership in a Zionist organization; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish restrictions including expulsion from school and confiscation of the family businesses; traveling to Budapest in 1942 to obtain a ticket to Palestine; giving it to someone else at his mother's urging; ghettoization; rumors of deportation; his father obtaining papers for him to serve in a Hungarian slave labor battalion; assignment to Baia Mare; smuggling bread to the ghetto there; briefly escaping; deportation to Auschwitz; learning his father and uncle had just been transferred to Warsaw; volunteering for transfer; reunion with his father and uncle; clearing the former ghetto area; brief physical and psychological paralysis after witnessing an execution and body burning; a death march to Kutno; train transport to Dachau, then Landsberg; his father and uncle being taken away when they became ill; liberation from a train by United States troops; hospitalization; traveling to Prague, Khust, then Budapest, where he met Joel Brand; learning one sister was alive in a DP camp; smuggling survivors for the Irgun; illegal emigration to Palestine in 1947; traveling Cyprus, then Europe because he was wanted by the British; returning to Israel in 1948; emigration in 1956 to join his sister in the United States; marriage; and raising three daughters. Mr. H. notes seldom discussing his experiences with anyone but survivors and health problems resulting from his experiences.

Author/Creator
H., Larry, 1925-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 13, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Larry H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-341). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.