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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1699

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Ukraine
    Berehove
    Verkhni︠e︡ Vodi︠a︡ne (Ukraine)
    Berehove (Ukraine)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Cite As
    Mendl H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1699). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Alpert, Michael, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 20 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Revenge.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Hiding.
    Hungarian occupation.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295945
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:25:00
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