Simon F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-485) interviewed by Lyn Silberman
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- September 11, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Simon F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-485). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Simon F., who was born in Ti︠a︡chiv, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in approximately 1920, the eleventh of sixteen children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; apprenticeship as a knitter; Hungarian occupation; one brother's emigration to Palestine in 1939; working in a sweater factory in Budapest beginning in 1939; evading draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion for eighteen months; slave labor in a parachute factory in 1943; marriage in August 1944; deportation to Kőszeg in November; encountering a brother; slave labor digging ditches; receiving extra food from kitchen workers; helping older prisoners; his brother-in-law praying daily; a mass shooting during a death march to Mauthausen; transfer to Gunskirchen; liberation by United States troops in May; traveling with his brother to Prague; reunion with some sisters (eight of the sixteen siblings survived); reunion with his wife in Budapest; living in a displaced persons camp in Germany; working for UNRRA; and emigration to the United States after three and a half years. Mr. F. discusses participating in a survivor group that erected a monument in 1961; attending a gathering in Washington; and sharing his experiences with children.