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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2363

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)
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.
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