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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.
Locale
Hungary
Miskolc (Hungary)
Montreux (Switzerland)
Brussels (Belgium)
Antwerp (Belgium)
London (England)
Dunkerque (France)
Porto (Portugal)
Lisbon (Portugal)
Havana (Cuba)
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.