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John P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1365) interviewed by Bobbie Berger and Ed Tuthill,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1365

Videotape testimony of John P., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1931. He recounts attending school; visiting his large extended family; anti-Jewish laws; antisemitic harassment; German invasion in March 1944; their building's designation as a yellow-star house; his father's deportation to a labor camp; his last visit before deportation (they never saw him again); ghettoization; his mother obtaining Swedish papers; relocating to a safe house in November; he and his mother escaping from a round-up; returning to the safe house; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with a few surviving aunts and an uncle; hoping for his father's return; receiving documents confirming his father's death in Auschwitz; studying medicine; the revolt in 1956; escaping to Austria; emigrating to Ottawa, Canada; his mother joining him in 1958; marrying a Budapest survivor; the births of two children; divorce; emigrating to the United States; and remarriage. Mr. P. discusses a 1985 visit to his surviving uncle in Hungary; sharing his experiences with his children and wife; a recent antisemitic incident at work triggering anxiety and flashbacks; and psychological problems resulting from never having grieved for his father. He shows photographs.

P., John, 1931-
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1987
Interview Date
September 20, 1987.
Budapest (Hungary)
Ottawa (Ont.)
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
John P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1365). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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