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Marvin N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-360) interviewed by Donald K. Freedheim

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-360

Videotape testimony of Marvin N., who was born in Yasinya, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1929, one of eight children. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; Hungarian occupation; forced labor with his brother for the German military; escaping from a round-up; witnessing a mass killing; returning home; deportation with his family in 1943 to Hungary, then Košice, then Auschwitz/Birkenau; selection for work with his older brother and father (his remaining family were murdered); a fellow inmate, too sick to eat, sharing his food; transfer with his brother to Mauthausen eight days later, then to Gusen; slave labor cleaning latrines and carrying corpses to the crematorium; random killings of Jewish prisoners; a death march; passing through Wels; guards shooting prisoners (he was wounded); liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; returning to Czechoslovakia; reunion with his brother in Budapest; living in Badgastein displaced persons camp; working for the United States Army and UNRRA; emigration to the United States as an orphan; and marriage in 1953. Mr. N. discusses not losing hope; emotional numbness in camps; and nightmares due to his experiences. He shows a photograph of himself seeking his father in Dachau after liberation.

Author/Creator
N., Marvin, 1929-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
November 5, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marvin N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-360). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.