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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.

Author/Creator
B., Michael, 1931-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
Interview Date
January 29, 1999.
Locale
Hungary
Budapest
Austria
Vienna (Austria)
Budapest (Hungary)
Nyíregyháza (Hungary)
Debrecen (Hungary)
Oradea (Romania)
Paris (France)
Language
English
Copies
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.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4381591
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