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Hugo P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-842) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Carole M. Shaffer-Koros

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-842

Videotape testimony of Hugo P., who was born in Slivník, Czechoslovakia in 1922, one of eight children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; their successful businesses; an older brother's accidental death; Slovak independence; anti-Jewish laws; confiscation of the family businesses; his father's futile efforts to go to the United States (he was an American citizen); imprisonment with one brother for a month by the Hlinka guard; deportation with his family in 1940; separation from them upon arrival at Lublin; learning masonry; a German supervisor bringing him extra food; transfers to Buna/Monowitz, Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Waldlager; receiving extra food and privileged work assignments from friends; liberation from a train by United States troops in Poing; destroying German property for revenge; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; expressing anger to the U.S. ambassador in Prague that his family, U.S. citizens, could not emigrate before the war; returning home seeking relatives; learning no one had survived; and emigrating to the United States. Mr. P. discusses losing his belief in God in the camps; continuing anger at countries that blocked Jewish immigration before and during the war; nightmares about his youngest brother's death; and difficulties receiving reparation payments.

Author/Creator
P., Hugo, 1922-2001.
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies, 1987
Interview Date
February 17, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hugo P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-842). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294423
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