Hersh A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4331) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2005
- Interview Date
- 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.
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.