Arie R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3780)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- June 1, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Arie R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3780). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Arie R., who was born in Mezőkovácsháza, Hungary in 1922, the oldest of six children. He recounts his family's poverty; attending public school and cheder; his bar mitzvah; studying in Békéscsaba; living with an aunt in Budapest; working in a factory; visiting his father in a work camp; German invasion; working with the Ṿaʻadat (Relief and Rescue Committee) under Fülöp Freudiger, a member of the Judenrat, arranging to smuggle Jews to Romania; German invasion; traveling to Szentes, then Szeged; obtaining blank documents to make false papers; returning to Budapest with his future wife and her relatives; obtaining housing from his former boss; two sisters joining them; preparing forged documents; arrest; incarceration in Kistarcsa; obtaining a false birth certificate for his release; forging papers resulting in releases for others; obtaining papers for his father and others from Raoul Wallenberg; placing his father in a Swedish safe house; obtaining funds from the committee to provide food for Jewish children in a Red Cross safe house; liberation by Soviet troops; assistance from the Joint; marriage in 1945; emigration to Israel via Vienna; and reunion with his brother. Mr. R. notes learning his mother and sister were killed in Auschwitz; and not discussing his experiences with his grandchildren, thinking they would not believe him.