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Steven P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2115) interviewed by David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2115

Videotape testimony of Steven P., who was born in Cuhea, Romania in 1928. He recalls observing Shabbat; cordial relations with non-Jews; attending public school and cheder; relatives in the United States; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish regulations; German invasion in 1944; ghettoization in Tîrgu-Mureș; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in April; selection for labor with his father; his brother staying with them for three days; separation from his father after a week (he never saw him again); transfer to Buchenwald; placement in a children's block; German Jews sharing parcels from Switzerland with them; playing with Russian children; transfer to Bergen-Belsen after eight months; a camp official giving him extra food; countless deaths; cannibalism; liberation by British troops; hospitalization; attending movies in Celle; transport to England; hearing from his brother after fifteen months; learning one sister also survived; their emigration to Palestine; apprenticeship as a jeweler; marriage; the births of four children; and visiting relatives in the United States in 1959. Ms. P. discusses camp life including dehumanization, only thinking of food, and the importance of luck; and his depression when he was fifty-three, the age at which his father was killed.

Author/Creator
P., Steven, 1928-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
September 23, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Steven P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2115). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.