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Emrich O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4107) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4107

Videotape testimony of Emrich O., who was born in Tiszapüspöki, Hungary in 1925. He recounts his family's move to Törökszentmiklós; their extreme poverty; his father's death after his bar mitzvah; his mother begging relatives for funds so he could attend high school; apprenticeship to a baker; working at a bakery in Budapest; his brother working in leather goods; notice to report to a Hungarian slave labor battalion; visiting his mother and grandmother in Törökszentmiklós (he never saw them again); slave labor in Püspökladány; transfer to Budapest; clearing body parts from the Danube after Allied bombings; becoming a cook; escape with another prisoner with assistance from the captain; being caught; his fellow escapee's execution; his release; obtaining false papers; seeking his family after the war; learning his mother, brother, and sister had been killed; living in Funk Kaserne displaced persons camp; emigration to the United States with assistance from HIAS; marriage; and eventually owning his own bakery. Mr. O. discusses his mother's life of hardship; appreciation for the United States; and a trip to Hungary with his daughters in 1972.

Author/Creator
O., Emrich, 1925-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2001
Interview Date
June 13, 2001.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Emrich O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4107). 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/4789932
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 16:25:00
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