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Nicholas F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3483) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3483

Videotape testimony of Nicholas F., who was born in Mukacheve, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1924, the oldest of three children. He recounts attending Czech school, then a Hebrew gymnasium; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish laws resulting in confiscation of his father's business; German invasion in March 1944; ghettoization: round-up to a brick factory; deportation with his family to Auschwitz; remaining with his father when separated from his mother and siblings (they were killed); transfer with his father to Janina; slave labor in a coal mine; brief hospitalization; assistance from the prisoner-doctor then and later again; his father convincing him not to commit suicide; trading his gold filling for extra food; a Polish civilian worker giving him a slice of bread once; hospitalization again in January 1945; deciding to remain when the camp was evacuated due to his poor health; his father remaining with him; liberation by Soviet troops days later; traveling with his father to Kraków, then home; hospitalization in Mukacheve, then Berehove; completing chemical engineering studies in Prague; contacting relatives in the United States; and emigration to join them in 1949. Mr. F. discusses his luck in surviving; his engineering career; marriage; the births of two children; and visiting Czechoslovakia with his family in 1988. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
F., Nicholas, 1924-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1996
Interview Date
July 12, 1996.
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
Nicholas F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3483). 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/4297624
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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