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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1365

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    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.)
    Cite As
    John P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1365). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Berger, Bobbie, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 7 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Safe houses.
    Survivor-child relations.

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