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Jack L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4149) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4149

Videotape testimony of Jack L., who was born in Vysná Rybnica, Czechoslovakia in1921. He recalls the family move to Goronda; living in his maternal grandfather's home; learning to be a tailor in Svali︠a︡va; Hungarian occupation; living briefly in Budapest; returning home; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in Püspökladány in February 1942; transfer to Hajdúhadház and Reghin; an appendectomy in Debrecen; returning home to recuperate; learning one older brother was in another battalion and the other in the Soviet Union; returning to his battalion; hearing that his parents and younger sisters were ghettoized in Munkacs; learning his battalion was to be transferred to Germany; escaping with twelve others; splitting into two groups; a Hungarian man hiding them in a bunker for two months, then hiding in vineyard shacks; arrest in summer 1944; transport to Mauthausen; a death march to Gunskirchen; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Wiener Neustadt, Budapest, and Goronda; learning no family members had survived; moving to Košice, then Teplice; living in an UNRRA camp in Germany; emigration to the United States in 1948 to join relatives; and marriage to a Polish survivor. Mr. L. discusses sharing his story with his children and grandchildren.

Author/Creator
L., Jack, 1921-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimones, 2001
Interview Date
November 27, 2001.
Locale
Hungary
Czechoslovakia
Vyšná Rybnica (Slovakia)
Goronda (Ukraine)
Svali︠a︡va (Ukraine)
Budapest (Hungary)
Püspökladány (Hungary)
Hajdúhadház (Hungary)
Debrecen (Hungary)
Reghin (Romania)
Wiener Neustadt (Austria)
Košice (Slovakia)
Teplice (Czech Republic)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. with VHS time coding.
Cite As
Jack L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4149). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.