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Joseph M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2865) interviewed by Margot Brandes and Raymond Kaplan,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2865

Videotape testimony of Joseph M., who was born in Oradea, Romania in 1918. He recalls his father's death; attending Jewish schools; their identification as Hungarians; his successful garment manufacturing business; participating in Mizrachi; Hungarian occupation; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in Baia Mare in 1942; slave labor in Yugoslavia and Ukraine; frequent beatings and killings; bombings by Soviets; feeling he would die from the work in Brest; transfer to the Mátra Mountains; escaping briefly with a friend near Hasznos; a mass killing when they rejoined a Jewish unit; a death march to Mauthausen in November 1944, then to Gunskirchen in March 1945; liberation by United States troops; returning home; learning all his family had been murdered except his older sister; living in Budapest; escaping with his wife during the 1956 uprising; and their emigration to the United States. Mr. M. describes details of life in a Hungarian slave labor battalion. He shows documents and photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Joseph, 1918-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1995
Interview Date
May 5, 1995.
Locale
Hungary
Budapest (Hungary)
Hasznos (Hungary)
Mátra Mountains (Hungary)
Brest (Belarus)
Baia Mare (Romania)
Oradea (Romania)
Romania
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2865). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.