Larry H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-341) interviewed by Peggy Nathan
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- August 13, 1984.
- 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.
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.