Mendl H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1699) interviewed by Michael Alpert
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- November 28, 1990.
- 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.
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.