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David R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-479) interviewed by Sue Danford

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-479

Videotape testimony of David R., who was born in Mukacheve, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Ukraine) in 1916, one of nine children. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; emigration of siblings to the United States; cordial relations with non-Jews under the Czech regime; his father's death in 1920; working in a factory; Hungarian occupation; his mother's death in 1939; antisemitic harassment; moving to Budapest; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1943; hospitalization; returning to his unit; German invasion; transfer to Uz︠h︡horod, then Terka; building roads and bridges; sketching portraits of soldiers for extra bread; returning to Uz︠h︡horod; building tank barricades; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; painting signs for the Soviets; his brother's return in February 1945; learning his family had been deported; another brother's return; traveling to Irshava, then Budapest; illegal emigration to Palestine via Novi Sad, Belgrade, Zagreb, Trieste, and Milan; assistance from UNRRA; interception of the ship by the British; brief incarceration; living on a kibbutz; serving in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war; marriage in 1949; his son's birth in 1951; and emigration to the United States to join his sister and two brothers in 1954.

R., David, 1916-
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
Interview Date
January 9, 1985.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-479). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.