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Ignatez R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2382) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2382

Videotape testimony of Ignatez R., who was born in Solotvyno, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in approximately 1923, one of five children. He recounts his family's affluence and orthodoxy; attending school and yeshiva in Frankfurt; returning home in 1935; Hungarian occupation; draft into a slave labor battalion; postings in Minsk, Ivano-Frankivsʹk (where he saw a grave from a Jewish mass killing), then Stalingrad; returning home via Budapest in February 1944; German invasion; deportation from Sighet to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from his parents and siblings (none survived); slave labor in a coal mine in Janina; transfer to Buna/Monowitz; prisoners organizing a prayer service; losing his faith in God; a brutal beating by a guard; working as an electrician; seeing United States prisoners of war; bringing food to a hospitalized friend; trading with Polish villagers; sabotaging work, when it could not be discovered, in order to avoid reprisals; Allied bombings; fellow prisoner Primo Levi remaining when almost everyone left on a death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; train transport to Landeshut; escape and recapture; liberation; returning home; traveling to Vienna, Paris, then Australia in 1948; meeting his future wife; and returning to London with her. Mr. R. discusses the importance to his survival of not losing hope, and the social order in camps.

Author/Creator
R., Ignatez, 1922-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
February 14, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ignatez R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2382). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.