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Avraham T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4160)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4160

Videotape testimony of Avraham T., who was born in Dolný Kubín, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Slovakia) in 1916, the third of six children. He recounts his family's move to Trstená; attending a Jewish school; his family's move to Pestújhely in 1923; his mother's long-term hospitalization; living with relatives; his father's death; one brother's emigration to Palestine in 1933; moving to Bratislava; participating in Mizrahi; working in Ostrava; joining a Mizrahi kibbutz; moving to Nováky; he and his brother boarding a ship for Palestine; being returned to Slovakia; working in Piešt̕any, then Rybany; anti-Jewish restrictions; draft into a slave labor battalion in March 1941; posting to Humenné; visiting his mother once; obtaining false papers from his sister in Žilina; transfer to Svätý Jur; learning two brothers had been deported; escaping to Bratislava; obtaining false papers from clandestine Zionist groups; traveling illegally to Budapest; working as a non-Jew; German invasion; arrest, interrogation, and beating; escape; hiding with a friend; escaping to Romania with assistance from partisans; the Arad Jewish community hosting them; capture; forced labor in Tîrgu Jiu; release; transfer to Bucharest; assistance from the Joint; working for the Slovak ambassador in Bucharest; bringing aid from the Joint to Cluj and Bratislava; obtaining Red Cross papers; traveling to Uz︠h︡horod; brief incarceration by the Soviets; traveling to Bucharest, then Prague; reunion with his sister, brother-in-law, and brother; helping organize emigration to Palestine for Beriḥah and in Karlovy Vary and Prague; marriage; emigration to Israel in 1948; and the births of two children. He shows photographs and documents.

T., Avraham, 1916-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999 and 2000
Interview Date
December 2 and December 16, 1999, and January 13, 2000.
Dolný Kubín (Slovakia)
Trstená (Slovakia)
Pestújhely (Hungary)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Nováky (Slovakia)
Piešt̕any (Slovakia)
Humenné (Slovakia)
Žilina (Slovakia)
Arad (Romania)
Rybany (Slovakia)
Svätý Jur (Slovakia)
Budapest (Hungary)
Tʹirgu Jiu (Romania)
Bucharest (Romania)
Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Avraham T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4160). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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