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Zev H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-397) interviewed by Bernice Harel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-397

Videotape testimony of Zev H., who was born in Romania in approximately 1930. He recounts being one of two Jewish families in his town; moving to Baia Mare when he was eight; antisemitic violence by German fascists; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced labor; ghettoization in April 1944; a non-Jewish neighbor bringing them food; deportation to Auschwitz in May; separation from his mother; transfer with his brother and father five weeks later to Mauthausen, then three days later to Ebensee; slave labor in a quarry, then digging tunnels; occasionally seeing his brother and father; his father's hospitalization and deportation (he did not survive); injuring himself; assistance from a prisoner doctor; befriending Soviet POWs; transfer to Wels in March 1945; slave labor clearing bombing rubble; transfer back to Ebensee; liberation by United States troops in May; hospitalization in Traun; involuntarily working as a translator for the Soviets in Wiener Neustadt, interrogating Hungarian and Ukrainian collaborators; returning home via Budapest in September; reunion with his mother and brother; traveling with Beriḥah to Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; posing as a member of the Jewish Brigade of the British army; traveling to Lyon; emigration to Palestine via Egypt; joining the Haganah, then the Palmaḥ; living on a kibbutz; serving in the 1948 and 1956 wars; attending university in Jerusalem, then the United States; marriage to an American in 1966; and remaining in the United States. Mr. H. discusses the loss of his childhood; present-day experiences triggering memories of the Holocaust; and his academic career.

Author/Creator
H., Zev, 1930?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
July 23, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Zev H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-397). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.