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Ed H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1231) interviewed by Joan Bang and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1231

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.

Author/Creator
H., Ed, 1929-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
March 3, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294901
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