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Pinchas H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1760) interviewed by Devorah Mann

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1760

Videotape testimony of Pinchas H., who was born in Kisvárda, Hungary in 1924. He recalls living in Vác and Kisvárda; working in Budapest; German occupation in 1944; returning to Kisvárda; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; assignment with his father and brother to the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); transfer with his brother to Buchenwald, then to Tröglitz; slave labor; Allied bombings; his brother's hospitalization; their transfer to Berga, then Buchenwald; his transfer to Ohrdruf; public hangings; hospitalization; transfer to Crawinkel, then back to Ohrdruf; transfer to Buchenwald; learning of his brother's evacuation (he never saw him again); deciding to commit suicide; assistance from people from Kisvárda which saved his life; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; traveling to Budapest, then Kisvárda; support from the Joint; illegally traveling to Greece; British incarceration on Cyprus for illegally trying to enter Palestine; legally entering in December 1946; marriage; serving in the Israel-Arab and Sinai campaigns; and emigration with his family to the United States. Mr. H. discusses camp life, including religious observances and the impact of starvation; not expecting his children to understand his experiences; continuing painful memories; and believing it would take days and/or volumes to convey his experiences. He shows documents.

Author/Creator
H., Pinchas, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
December 16, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Pinchas H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1760). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.