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Robert F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3985) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Králová

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3985

Videotape testimony of Robert F., who was born in Orşova, Romania in 1914, the younger of two brothers. He recounts his family's secularism; his father's career in a mineral oil factory; home-schooling until he was thirteen, including tutoring by a rabbi; attending high school in Timișoara; the family's move to Bucharest; completing high school; working in his father's factory; attending university in Vienna with his brother; antisemitic violence; completing university in Prague; moving with his family to Podbrezová in 1936, then to Dubova, where his father managed an oil refinery; military draft and demobilization; German occupation; working with his father; he and his brother entering into arranged marriages in 1942 to save the women from deportation, intending to divorce in the future; bombing of the oil refinery; fleeing with his family and others to the forests during the Slovak uprising in 1944, thinking they would stay a few weeks; living there for five months with about twenty people; assistance from local non-Jews; liberation by Soviet troops; the birth of a daughter; factory workers returning their valuables after the war and his long marriage. Mr. F. shows photographs.

Author/Creator
F., Robert, 1914-
Published
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1998
Interview Date
March 17, 1998.
Language
Slovak
Copies
3 copies: VHS master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Robert F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3985). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4564403
Record last modified: 2015-07-27 13:06:00
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