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Paul F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-564) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Ruth Hart

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-564

Videotape testimony of Paul F., who was born in Cluj, Romania, in 1929. Mr. F. describes his family; lack of antisemitism in Cluj; Hungarian occupation of Transylvania; changed attitudes and behavior toward Jews; his family's exemption from deportation because his father was a state physician; their subsequent transfer to an area near Brașov, then to Sighișoara; ghetto conditions; and the brutality of Hungarian collaborators. He tells of transport to Birkenau; separation from his mother; then transport to Buchenwald. He describes camp conditions; work as a bricklayer; and transfer with his father and brother to Seitz. He describes his resentment against Germans; his positive reaction to Allied bombings; return to Buchenwald with his father and brother; daily life and organization; and his strategies for survival. He discusses separation from his father, who was later killed; transfer to Berga; camp conditions; marching out of the camp in March 1945; escape and aid received from local Czechs; and liberation by the Russian army. He tells of postwar conditions; travelling to seek his uncles; living in Arad with his uncle; and return to Cluj and reunion with his brother. He recalls moving to Munich in 1948; emigration to the United States in 1949; and adjustment problems. Mr. F. reflects upon survival; the incomprehensibility of his experiences; American inattention to the Holocaust; and his difficulties after the first videotaping.

F., Paul, 1929-
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
May 29, 1985 and June 4, 1985.
Sighișoara (Romania)
Brașov (Romania)
Transylvania (Romania)
Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paul F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-564). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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