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Ernest B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1051) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1051

Videotape testimony of Ernest B., who was born in Debradʹ, Czechoslovakia in 1920. He recounts moving to another village when he was three; fighting back against anti-Jewish violence; attending Catholic school; his father's death when he was thirteen; Hungarian occupation; moving to Budapest to support his mother and siblings; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1943; assignment to a uniform factory; German occupation in 1944; learning his mother had been ghettoized (she did not survive); friends assisting him to alter his documents to show him as Catholic; posing as a Nazi; warning Jews of round-ups; working for Raoul Wallenberg, guarding Swedish safe houses as a "Nazi"; helping Wallenberg distribute protection papers to Jews; locating his brother in a labor battalion; bringing him to a safe house; incarceration with his brother; transport to Mauthausen; escaping with his brother and Slovak POWs; liberation by United States troops; his brother's death five days later; learning his sister had survived; returning home; marriage; emigration to Israel; the births of two daughters; and emigration to the United States. Mr. B. expresses great admiration for Wallenberg.

Author/Creator
B., Ernest, 1920-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
September 16, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ernest B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1051). 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/4294785
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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