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Rudy F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-22) interviewed by Dori Laub, Laurel Vlock, and Nanette Auerhahn,

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    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.
    F., Rudy, 1922-
    Bridgeport and New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1979 and 1980
    Interview Date
    August 7, 1979 and February 11, 1980.
    Mukacheve (Ukraine)
    Szombathely (Hungary)
    Uz︠h︡horod (Ukraine)
    Cite As
    Rudy F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-22). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Auerhahn, Nanette, interviewer.
    Laub, Dori, interviewer.
    Vlock, Laurel, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (1 hr., 5 min. and 54 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

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