Larry F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3526) interviewed by Erin Soriano
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1996
- Interview Date
- March 20 and April 30, 1996.
- 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.
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.