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Martin H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2386) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2386

Videotape testimony of Martin H., who was born in Ruscova, Romania in 1931, the youngest of eight children. He recalls his family's affluence; their orthodoxy; attending cheder and Romanian school; his father's emigration to Palestine with two brothers and sisters; his return with one brother; Hungarian occupation in 1940; German invasion in 1944; his bar mitzvah; forced relocation with his family to the Vișeu de Sus ghetto; deportation three weeks later to Birkenau; selection with three brothers; their transfer to Dörnhau; slave labor; risking death to sneak into the kitchen for extra food to share with his brothers; a German guard leaving him table scraps; a kapo saving him and his next oldest brother, Jack H., from a selection for death; a death march on which his two older brothers were shot; train transport; Allied bombings; liberation by United States troops; living in Indersdorf refugee camp; assistance from UNRRA; throwing stones and bricks at all Germans en route to the airport; transfer with his brother to a Jewish children's home in England; attending an ORT school; and contact with his brother in Palestine. Mr. H. describes many details of prewar life in Ruscova.

H., Martin, 1931-
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
February 21, 1991.
Vișeu de Sus
Ruscova (Romania)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martin H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2386). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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