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Martin H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2385) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2385

Videotape testimony of Martin H., who was born in 1929 in a small village, one of four children. He recalls his family's affluence; moving to Prague; recuperating from an illness in Banin; living with his grandparents in his birth village due to his health; attending cheder and public school; his younger brother joining him in 1938; Hungarian occupation; illegally traveling to Budapest; living with a Jewish family in IV. Kerület; becoming ill; admission to a Joint hospital; returning to his birth village; ghettoization in Khust; hiding with his brother; round-up to the train station; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from his brother and grandmother; transfer to Monowitz; rebuffing a kapo's homosexual advances; a severe beating; transfer to Gleiwitz; privileged work in the kitchen; the Kommandant's wife giving him extra food; British POWs giving him extra food; a death march to Gross-Rosen; a guard giving him food; execution of a group that attempted escape; train transfer to Buchenwald; observing cannibalism; assignment to the kitchen; smuggling extra food to fellow prisoners; liberation by United States troops; returning to Prague seeking relatives; working as a translator for the United States military in Germany; emigration to London on a children's transport; becoming a diamond cutter, then a professional bridge player; and marriage. Mr. H. notes the importance of luck to his survival; learning his family had been killed; and nightmares resulting from his experiences.

Author/Creator
H., Martin, 1929-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
February 21, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martin H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2385). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.