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Henry M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-374) interviewed by Judie Wayman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-374

Videotape testimony of Henry M., born in approximately 1915, one of nine children. He recalls living on a farm in Ti︠a︡chiv, Czechoslovakia; his family's orthodoxy and Zionism; apprenticing as a tailor; cordial relations with non-Jews; draft into the Czech military in 1937; German annexation in 1938; returning home; Hungarian occupation; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; assignments in Kyjov and Dormitz; returning home in March 1944; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; remaining with his father, brothers, and uncle; slave labor cutting hay; seeing his sisters in an adjacent barrack; transfer to Stutthof in October, then another camp in December; separation from his brothers; his father's death; transfer to Allach; witnessing cannibalism; receiving extra food from a friend; increasing apathy; liberation from a train by United States troops; assistance from the Red Cross; recuperating in Feldafing displaced persons camp; traveling to Prague; reunion with a brother-in-law in Budapest, then with his sisters, wife, and cousin in Prague; traveling to Ti︠a︡chiv; finding a brother; and emigration to the United States in 1949 to join an uncle. He discusses losing faith in God, then regaining it later in life; pervasive painful memories; and sharing his story with his children.

Author/Creator
M., Henry, 1915?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
November 1, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-374). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.