Eugene F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3151) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- November 15, 1995.
- 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.
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.