Jack H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2363) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
- Interview Date
- July 12, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jack H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2363). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.