Rudy F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-22) interviewed by Dori Laub, Laurel Vlock, and Nanette Auerhahn
- Bridgeport and New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1979 and 1980
- Interview Date
- August 7, 1979 and February 11, 1980.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Rudy F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-22). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Rudy F., who was born in Munkács, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine), in 1922, the older of two children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; their affluence; attending a Czech, then a Hebrew school; belonging to Betar; his parents' many charitable acts; Hungarian occupation in 1938; antisemitism among his peers; the brutality of the Hungarian field police; draft with his uncle into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1942; assignments in Szombathely, Uz︠h︡horod, and other locations; working for Organisation Todt; transfer to Gunskirchen, then Mauthausen; death marches to Melk, then Birnbäumel; liberation by United States troops; returning home; learning his immediate and large extended family had all been killed except for two uncles; and emigration to the United States. Mr. F. discusses the impact of starvation; sharing extra food with his uncle; receiving food from an officer; observing cannabilism; torture inflicted upon him and others; the importance of humor to survival; his belief in God despite not continuing to be orthodox; continuing health issues and nightmares resulting from his experiences; and his anguish dealing with the inexplicability of his survival.