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Mendl H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1699) interviewed by Michael Alpert

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1699

Videotape testimony of Mendl H., who was born in Vysna Apsa, Czechoslovakia (presently Verkhe Vodyanoye, Ukraine) in 1926 and was raised in Berehove. He recalls extreme poverty; his family's Hasidism; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; fleeing to Budapest eighteen months later; two sisters and his brother joining him; his brother's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion (he later joined the partisans); hiding since he was not there legally; returning home in late 1943; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his family (he never saw them again); transfer to Gross-Rosen, then Friedland (Wolfsberg); slave labor in a quarry; assistance from his uncle; hospitalization; a kapo who gave him extra food; a death march in December 1944; placement in open rail cars; Czechs throwing them food; arrival in Ebensee; a severe beating; abandonment by the guards; prisoners killing kapos and collaborators; liberation by United States troops; returning home; reunion with his brother, then his two sisters in Budapest; living in Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States in 1946. Mr. H. shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
H., Mendl, 1926-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 28, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mendl H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1699). 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/4295945
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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