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John M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1738) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1738

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    Videotape testimony of John M., who was born in Prague in 1922. He recounts his family's strong Czech rather than Jewish identity (he was not circumcised); cordial relations with non-Jews; his father's death in 1936; support from Czech friends when anti-Jewish laws were passed; his mother's suicide after he and his brother received transport notices; their transport to Theresienstadt in April 1942, then to Auschwitz in October; difficulty believing that people were being gassed; assignment to the I.G. Farben plant in Buna/Monowitz; admission to the hospital, then release; readmission; telling the SS physician he was half Jewish (not being circumcised confirmed this) thus avoiding selection for death; working in the hospital which provided extra food; learning his brother was sent for gassing; evacuation to Gleiwitz, Buchenwald, then Berga in January 1945; escaping from an evacuation in April; walking to Prague; being hidden by friends; and "jubilance" after liberation. Mr. M. discusses distancing himself from anything Jewish including changing his name and dating non-Jews; realizing this "didn't work"; emigration to the United States in 1949; marriage to a survivor; and sharing his story with his children while striving not to engender hatred in them.
    M., John, 1922-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
    Interview Date
    December 12, 1990.
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    John M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1738). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Pery, Jaschael, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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