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Bruce T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-228) interviewed by Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-228

Videotape testimony of Bruce T., who was born in Lʹvov, Poland in 1914. He speaks of prewar family and community life; the Russian occupation in 1939, followed by the German occupation; and the formation of the Lʹvov ghetto in the fall of 1942. He recalls Polish antisemitism and aid to the Nazis in hunting Jews; his activities with a resistance group based in Skole, on the Hungarian-Polish border; his capture and incarceration in Munkacs; and his transfer to Budapest as an alleged spy. Mr. T. relates his escape from Budapest, joining the Hungarian underground as a tactician; his attempts to warn and mobilize Hungarian Jews and, later, the free world; and the deterioration of the Jewish situation after March 1944. He describes Raoul Wallenberg's arrival in Hungary in August 1944 and the beginning of organized rescue attempts; liberation by the Russians; and his postwar work for the International Red Cross in Romania and on an international committee for refugees. Mr. T. discusses contacts with Gisi Fleishmann, Joel Brand, and Rudolf Kasztner. He expresses his belief that the world was not interested in saving Jews, and that the same thing could happen again.

Author/Creator
T., Bruce, 1914-1993.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
Interview Date
December 13, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Bruce T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-228). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.