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Larry F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3526) interviewed by Erin Soriano

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3526

Videotape testimony of Larry F., who was born in Cluj, Romania in 1931, the youngest of four children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; Hungarian occupation in 1940; anti-Jewish restrictions; his father's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion (they never saw him again); German invasion in spring 1944; incarceration in a brick factory; a non-Jewish neighbor bringing them food; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; remaining with his brother; a veteran prisoner telling them to say they were older, which saved their lives; disbelief when he was told of gas chambers and crematoria; transfer to Kaufering four weeks later; slave labor in munitions factories; frequent beatings and starvation; assistance from his brother when he had typhus; Allied bombardment during train transfer to Dachau; liberation by United States troops; crying for the first time upon realizing their losses; living in Feldafing and Föhrenwald displaced persons camps; emigration to Canada; assistance from the Canadian Jewish Congress; and changing their name due to antisemitism. Mr. F. discusses his sister's survival in Budapest (her child and husband were killed); sharing his experience with his daughter; and animosity toward the Catholic Church for encouraging antisemitism.

Author/Creator
F., Larry, 1931-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1996
Interview Date
March 20 and April 30, 1996.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Larry F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3526). 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/4297730
Record last modified: 2015-07-13 13:45:00
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