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James H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2401) interviewed by Diane M. Plotkin and Mark Jacobs,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2401

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    Videotape testimony of James H., who was born in Satu Mare, Romania in 1928. He recounts his large extended family; attending cheder; moving to Carei; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; German invasion in March 1944; ghettoization; transfer to the Satu Mare ghetto; deportation to Birkenau; selection with his father and brother for work; his mother visiting their barrack (only his father was allowed out to see her); transfer to Auschwitz, then Buna/Monowitz; slave labor unloading cement; a friend who was sterilized in specious medical experiments; working with British POWs; Allied bombings; his brother's transfer; a death march with his father and friends to Gleiwitz; his father remaining behind and insisting he leave him; train transfer to Buchenwald; improved conditions due to the prisoner administrators; Czechs throwing them food; helping his friend who had been beaten; a prisoner uprising as Allied forced approached; liberation by United States troops; assistance from HIAS and the Joint; transfer to Équilly, then Paris; assistance from OSE; and emigration to the United States. Mr. H. reads excerpts from his autobiographic poetry and discusses continuing guilt about leaving his father.
    H., James, 1928-
    Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1991
    Interview Date
    October 21, 1991.
    Satu Mare
    Satu Mare (Romania : Județ)
    Carei (Romania)
    Équilly (France)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    James H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2401). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Plotkin, Diane M., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.
    Concentration camps Revolts.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

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