Martin H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2386) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- February 21, 1991.
- 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.
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.