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Eugene F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3151) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3151

Videotape testimony of Eugene F., who was born in Leles, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1925, one of five children. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; his father's death in 1929; completing high school; learning tailoring; Hungarian occupation in 1940; deportation to Sátoraljaújhely ghetto in March 1944, then to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from his mother and aunt (they were gassed immediately); transfer to Buna/Monowitz with his younger brother; slave labor for I.G. Farben; receiving extra food from a kapo; sharing food with his brother; public hangings of escapees and a few men who smuggled weapons; Allied bombings; encouragement from a Soviet POW; a death march and train transport to Buchenwald; separation from his brother; piles of corpses; frequent beatings; a death march to Flossenbürg, then another two weeks later; assisting his cousin; escaping; liberation by United States troops; a friend killing Germans for revenge; living in Windsheim and Ulm displaced persons camps; reunion with a first cousin; moving to the Hague with assistance from a Jewish organization; working as a tailor; emigration to the United States; marriage; and serving in the Korean War. Mr. F. discusses the fates of his siblings (one sister was killed, the others survived); questioning his belief in God, then learning to maintain his faith; and visiting Leles and his father's grave in Uz︠h︡horod. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
F., Eugene, 1925-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
November 15, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eugene F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3151). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.