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Marek H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3809)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3809

Videotape testimony of Marek H., who was born in Lʹviv, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1927, the oldest of four children. He recounts his family's poverty; attending a Jewish school; antisemitic harassment; Soviet occupation; German invasion; ghettoization; he and his brother living as non-Jews on the Aryan side; smuggling food to his family; his mother's and sisters' deportation; bringing food to his father at Janowska; denouncement as Jews; escaping during his brother's interrogation; obtaining false papers from a Ukrainian friend; Italian soldiers befriending him; traveling with them when they left Lʹviv in 1943; living in a children's home in Udine; adoption by an Italian soldier; traveling with him by train to Mestre; the soldier's arrest; escaping with another boy; traveling to Ghemme; living with his companion's adopted family; traveling to his adoptive family in Canischio; working on their farm; attending a boarding school in Cuorgnè; liberation by partisans in 1944; joining them as a translator; fighting in hit-and-run battles; recruitment by the OSS; serving in Giaveno, Turin, Condove, and elsewhere; capture by the Germans; escape; demobilization; returning to Lʹviv, via Melk and Kiev; moving with an aunt and uncle to Wrocław; moving to Rosenheim displaced persons camp; working at a Deror youth summer camp; assisting with illegal emigration to Palestine from Austria through Italy; attending a Haganah training course in Bari; emigration to Israel via Naples; and serving in the Palmaḥ. Mr. H. notes his book about his experiences; and contacts with historians during visits to Italy.

H., Marek, 1927-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
November 16, 1995 and November 23, 1995.
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Udine (Italy)
Mestre (Italy)
Ghemme (Italy)
Canischio (Italy)
Cuorgnè (Italy)
Giaveno (Italy)
Turin (Italy)
Condove (Italy)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Wrocław (Poland)
Bari (Italy)
Melk (Austria)
Naples (Italy)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marek H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3809). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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