Ed H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1231) interviewed by Joan Bang and Bernard Weinstein
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
- Interview Date
- March 3, 1988.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ed H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1231). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ed H., who was born in Stanislav, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1929, an only child. He recalls attending Hebrew school; his grandmother joining them from Nazi-occupied Austria; Soviet occupation in 1939; his father's draft into the fire brigade; German invasion in 1941; ghettoization; forced labor; a mass killing; narrowly escaping with his mother from a round-up (his grandparents were deported); returning to find his father had been shot; his mother making contacts with non-Jews when they worked outside the ghetto; smuggling themselves out of the ghetto with assistance from his mother's non-Jewish contacts; purchasing false papers; traveling to Lʹviv; obtaining more authentic documents as non-Jews with assistance from the Metropolitan of the Orthodox church; a Ukrainian man arranging for them to hide with his son in Charukuv, then with his sister in another village; liberation by Soviet troops; his mother's remarriage; returning to Poland; living in Legnica; illegally traveling to Munich via Vienna, with assistance from UNRRA; completing a degree in mechanical engineering in 1951; an antisemitic professor; emigration to the United States to join his father's brother; marriage to a survivor; and the births of three children. Mr. H. notes his mother writing to one of their rescuers and hearing back from her only after Stalin's death; sharing his story with his children and others; and his commitment to Judaism despite losing his belief in God.