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Harry W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-509) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Eva Knoller

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-509

Videotape testimony of Harry W., who was born in Bežovce, Czechoslovakia in 1916. He tells of moving to Uz︠h︡horod in 1920; attending public and Hebrew school; the beauty and peace of their Shabbat observance; being stabbed by another boy in an anti-Semitic incident; studying at the Yeshivas in Mukachevo and Bratislava; and leaving in 1938 because of the Hungarian occupation of his hometown. He describes being drafted into a Hungarian labor battalion; working in many places in Hungary, Yugoslavia and the Ukraine; harsh conditions and lack of food; working in Budapest where he could leave the camp; being offered shelter in one of Raoul Wallenberg's Swedish safe houses and refusing to leave his fellow workers; transfer to Austria; the death march to Mauthausen; transfer to Gunskirchen; liberation by Americans in May 1945; and his recovery from typhus. Mr. W. relates his return to Uz︠h︡horod; various business ventures in Hungary and Czechoslovakia; the reunion with his three younger sisters (six others had perished); difficulties living under the Soviets; emigration to Israel, to Canada, then to the United States. He recalls his mother's charitable personality and an encounter with a boyhood friend who lost his faith in Judaism because of Holocaust experiences. Mr. W. concludes that such evil had nothing to do with God but was due to humans.

Author/Creator
W., Harry, 1916-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
November 5, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Harry W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-509). 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/946949
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