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Jack H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2363) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2363

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    Videotape testimony of Jack H., who was born in Ruscova, Romania in 1929, one of eight children. He recalls his family's affluence and orthodoxy; his father and four siblings emigrating to Palestine in 1935; his father's return with his youngest brother in 1938; attending public school and a cheder; Hungarian occupation; German invasion; ghettoization in Vișeu de Sus; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; his parents' selection for gassing; remaining with three brothers; interactions with Jews from many countries; their transfer to Dörnhau, then a slave labor camp in Silesia; beatings and starvation; becoming apathetic; transfer to Schotterwerk, then Flossenbürg; sorting clothing of the dead; "stealing" a belt, which he still has; a death march; his two older brothers being pulled aside as too weak (they were shot); liberation by United States troops; being sent with his brother to Southampton; living in a hostel in Manchester; attending an ORT school; establishing a business; marriage; and raising two children. Mr. H. discusses the indescribable effects of hunger; visiting his family home with his wife; indifference to religion, though observing traditions for his children; his Zionism; and believing Holocaust survivors are not "normal" as a result of their traumatic experiences.
    H., Jack, 1929-
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
    Interview Date
    July 12, 1990.
    Vișeu de Sus
    Ruscova (Romania)
    Southampton (England)
    Manchester (England)
    Cite As
    Jack H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2363). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Perry, Elliot, interviewer.
    Related material: Martin H. Holocaust testimony [brother](HVT-2386), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 27 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Hungarian occupation.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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