Avraham T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4160)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999 and 2000
- Interview Date
- December 2 and December 16, 1999, and January 13, 2000.
- 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.
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.