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Cesare F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4241) interviewed by Zelda Kaplan and Harriet Tarnor Wacks

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4241

Videotape testimony of Cesare F., who was born in Naples, Italy to a Jewish, Hungarian mother and Catholic, Italian father. He recounts moving to Budapest with his mother in 1938 to protect his father's career as a musical composer; his mother working as a seamstress since Jews could not be in the ballet (she was a ballerina); being raised as a Catholic; attending mass every Sunday; German invasion in March 1944; orders to move to a yellow-star house; his mother trying to get him to Italy via Switzerland; the man his father paid to take him to Switzerland bringing him instead to a Catholic orphanage in Visegrád; humane treatment despite limited food; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Budapest; living at the Red Cross; placement with a family in Apagy; reunion with his mother eighteen months later (she had been in Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen); their return to Budapest; persecution by the communists because he would not take Hungarian citizenship; reunion with his father in Italy in 1956 (he had remarried thinking they were dead); happily caring for his mother the rest of her life; and emigration to the United States. Mr. F. notes learning of his mother's war experiences from documents and friends since she never discussed them.

Author/Creator
F., Cesare, 1936-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 2002
Interview Date
April 30, 2002.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 VHS dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Cesare F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4241). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6254255
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 16:32:00
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