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Frank F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1558) interviewed by Ilana Abramovitch and Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1558

Videotape testimony of Frank F., who was born in Miskolc, Hungary in 1917, one of seven children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; his mother's death when he was four; attending a state high school; antisemitic harassment; one brother's emigration to Palestine in 1934; attending school in Montreux in 1936, then in Antwerp and Brussels; visiting home in summer 1937; fleeing immediately upon learning he would be drafted; visiting his brother in London; German invasion when he was in Brussels; futile efforts to flee to France; observing the evacuation at Dunkerque; returning to Brussels; obtaining documents for Portugal; living in Porto; obtaining a Cuban visa in Lisbon; arriving in Havana; moving to New York; serving in the United States military in the Pacific; learning his parents had perished and his sister survived; and marrying a Hungarian camp survivor. He discusses life in Miskolc; the importance of luck to survival; and visiting Hungary and Auschwitz.

Author/Creator
F., Frank, 1917-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
August 7, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frank F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1558). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.