Robert F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3985) interviewed by Peter Salner and Ingrid Králová
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1998
- Interview Date
- March 17, 1998.
- 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.
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.