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Michael B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3796) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz and Lawrence L. Langer,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3796

Videotape testimony of Michael B., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1931. He recounts his father's death when he was a year old; visits to his grandparents in Budapest; the Anschluss in 1938; antisemitic propaganda; his mother withdrawing him from school; their conversion to Roman Catholicism, hoping for safety; futile attempts to emigrate to the United States; traveling to Budapest in spring 1941; German occupation in March 1944; anti-Jewish measures; forced relocation in June; their housemate, Béla Vihar, entertaining the children; Allied bombings; forced labor with his scout troop; his mother obtaining a Vatican letter of protection; hiding during round-ups; moving into a Vatican safe house with his mother and grandmother; their transfer to the ghetto in December; liberation by Russian troops in January 1945; leaving in the spring due to food shortages; briefly living in Nyíregyháza; assistance from the Jewish community; moving to Debrecen, then Nagyvárad (Oradea); returning to Budapest; traveling through Vienna to Paris in September 1946; emigration to the United States; marriage; his career as a chemist; and visiting his half-brother in Vienna in 1969. He discusses his father's publishing career and Vihar's book. He shows photographs and memorabilia.

B., Michael, 1931-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
Interview Date
January 29, 1999.
Vienna (Austria)
Budapest (Hungary)
Nyíregyháza (Hungary)
Debrecen (Hungary)
Oradea (Romania)
Paris (France)
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michael B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3796). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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