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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-22

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.

Author/Creator
F., Rudy, 1922-
Published
Bridgeport and New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1979 and 1980
Interview Date
August 7, 1979 and February 11, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
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.