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Hersh A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4331) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4331

Videotape testimony of Hersh A., who was born in Cluj, Romania in 1924, the oldest of four children. He recalls his impoverished family, hunger, and hardships; Hungarian occupation; forced labor during the day; German occupation; ghettoization; escaping often; obtaining food from non-Jewish farmers; one family attesting he was their child when Germans came; soldiers prohibiting him from entering the ghetto when deportations were occurring; lifelong sadness that he never said goodbye to his family; transfer to Budapest; liberation; walking to Debrecen; assistance from Soviet soldiers; returning home; beginning to understand the scope of the murder of Jews, including his family; smuggling himself to Germany when no family returned; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; learning one brother had survived; registering in Frankfurt to emigrate to the United States; emigration; and the births of two children. Mr. A. discusses one couple that survived in Cluj; his enduring belief in God out of respect for his father's orthodoxy; continuing health problems and his strong affinity for bread due to his experiences; never discussing his experiences with his children; and his daughter's death at age forty-six, the biggest tragedy of his life.

Author/Creator
A., Hersh, 1924-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2005
Interview Date
2005.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hersh A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4331). 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/7113837
Record last modified: 2013-05-02 12:36:00
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