Avri F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4127)
Videotape testimony of Avri F., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1935, an only child. He recounts his family's move back to Bratislava when he was two weeks old; his father being a respected and beloved pediatrician; observing marches of Hlinka guards; attending school until anti-Jewish laws forbade it; having to move several times; studying with five other boys in private classes; his uncle being beaten to death and his wife committing suicide; frequent visits with his aunt, Gisi Fleischmann; his parents deciding he would not wear the yellow star; walking separately from them in public with instructions to calmly go to his Christian aunt if they were arrested; his parents leaving possessions with non-Jewish friends; being warned by his Christian aunt to hide in August 1944; his parents hiding in their neighbors' garden shed but having him hidden elsewhere; contact with his parents through his Christian aunt; being moved after Germans came to the house where he was hidden; living with a family whose head was a German soldier; hiding under a bed when they had guests, despite having false papers and living as a Catholic; the family moving to a village as the front approached; liberation by Soviet troops; a joyful reunion when his parents came for him; learning Gisi Fleischmann has been deported and killed; returning to school; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; emigrating to Israel in 1949 against his parents' wishes; living on a kibbutz; working for Hashomer Hatzair; traveling to Czechoslovakia in 1988, the first time since he had left forty years ago; and visiting his aunt and the graves of his parents and grandparents.
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1997
- Interview Date
- November 21, 1997.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Avri F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4127). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.