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Rabbi Armin F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-297) interviewed by Robert Prince and Susanna Neuman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-297

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    Video testimony of Rabbi Armin F., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1926. Mr. F. describes growing up in a small town near Bratislava; Hungarian occupation; studying at Yeshivoth; and his first awareness of danger when a Purim festival was cancelled in Bratislava because of the Anschluss. He recalls German occupation of Budapest, where he had been studying; increased restrictions on Jews; ghettoization; deportation with his family to Auschwitz in May 1944; separation from them; and incarceration in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager). He discusses Nazi methods of dehumanizing the prisoners; camp hierarchy and rules; arranging to see his mother and sister in Auschwitz; his group of friends who always helped each other; and transfer to Mühldorf in September 1944. He recounts forced labor in a forest camp; transport on a train where he met his mother and sister; liberation by Americans; being taken for dead and saved because his mother wanted to see his body; return to Bratislava; emigration to the United States; and education and ordination as a rabbi. Mr. F. discusses his work as an educator; integrating his concentration camp uniform cap into his Seder; teaching a course on the Holocaust at Brooklyn College; and his children. He emphasizes the dehumanizing effects of arrival at Auschwitz; the constant and excruciating hunger; and refusal of Hungarian Jews to recognize their fate at the hands of the Germans.
    F., Armin, 1926-
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
    Interview Date
    November 11, 1984.
    Bratislava (Slovakia)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Sátoraljaújhely (Hungary)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Rabbi Armin F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-297). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Prince, Robert, interviewer.
    Neuman, Susanna, interviewer.
    Related publication: Elli : coming of age in the holocaust / Livia E. Bitton Jackson. -- New York : Times Books, c1980.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hrs., 2 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hungarian occupation.
    Mutual aid.

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