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Joseph H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2733) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan and Bernice Denmark

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2733

Videotape testimony of Joseph H., who was born in Seredne, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1919, one of eleven children. He recounts his family's relative affluence; Hungarian occupation; obtaining an exemption from forced labor from a physician in Budapest due to ill health; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1943; the draft of two of his brothers into another battalion (they did not survive); a brief visit to his family in spring 1944; their deportation immediately afterwards (his parents, siblings, and their children were all killed); returning to his battalion; a death march from the Ukrainian front; briefly working on an Austrian farm; a death march to Mauthausen; wishing he would be killed; transfer to Gunskirchen; being assigned to dig a mass grave and bury prisoners; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; returning to Seredne; finding his home had been destroyed; leaving after receiving death threats; emigration to the United States; marriage; and the births of his children. Mr. H. notes nightmares resulting from his experiences, particularly when thinking about the killing of his siblings and their children.

Author/Creator
H., Joseph, 1919-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1994
Interview Date
June 15, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2733). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296964
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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