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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.

L., Jack, 1921-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimones, 2001
Interview Date
November 27, 2001.
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.