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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.
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Marek H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3809). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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