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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2382

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    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.
    R., Ignatez, 1922-
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
    Interview Date
    February 14, 1991.
    Solotvyno (Ukraine)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Paris (France)
    Minsk (Belarus)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Ivano-Frankivsʹk (Ukraine)
    Sighet (Romania)
    Cite As
    Ignatez R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2382). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Perry, Elliot, interviewer.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Forced labor. World War, 1939-1945--Conscript labor--Hungary. Faith. Concentration camp inmates--Religious life. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Sabotage. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Stalingrad, Battle of, Volgograd, Russia, 1942-1943--Personal narratives. Prisoners of war--Poland. Death marches. Escapes. Czechoslovakia. Solotvyno (Ukraine) Frankfurt am Main (Germany) Vienna (Austria) Paris (France) Australia. Minsk (Belarus) Budapest (Hungary) Ivano-Frankivsʹk (Ukraine) Sighet (Romania) Oral histories (document genres) R., Ignatez,--1922- Levi, Primo. Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Monowitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp)

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