Fred M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-573) interviewed by Livia Mallon and Esther Feigenbaum
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- April 29, 1985.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Fred M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-573). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Fred M., who was born in Trenčín, Czechoslovakia in 1906. He recalls family life; his athletic abilities; education in a Jesuit school; his successful plumbing business; marriage; and moving to Trenčín. Mr. M. describes his exemption from wearing a yellow star because the Germans needed his plumbing skills; working in the Tatra Mountains; hearing that all the Jews in Trenčín had been deported, including his family (he knew his son was hiding with a former employee); escaping to the partisans headquartered in Banská Bystrica; various forays against the Germans; disbanding the partisans due to lack of supplies; hiding with peasants; wandering in the mountains where his feet were frozen; rescue by Jews hiding in a bunker; gangrene and amputation of his toes; illness due to malnutrition; liberation; and transfer to a hospital. He remembers the reunion with his son and wife; learning of the deaths of many family members; emigration to the United States; adjustment difficulties; his sense of having lost everything he owned; and the importance of his son and grandchildren.