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Peter C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-838) interviewd by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-838

Videotape testimony of Peter C., who was born in Szolnok, Hungary in 1936. He speaks of his family background; anti-Jewish legislation and Hungarian antisemitism in the early 1940s; the ghettoization of the region's Jews; his father and grandfather leaving to serve in Hungarian compulsory labor battalions; air raids; overcrowding and savage treatment by the Hungarian police; and his deportation with his mother and other family members to a German factory in the Stadlau district of Vienna in the spring 1944. He describes living conditions in the camp; frequent air raids and bombings; transport to Strasshof in February/March 1945; and the gradual disappearance of German guards. He remembers narrowly escaping deportation to Theresienstadt due to the Allied bombing of the railroad tracks; the retreat of the German army and the arrival of the Soviet army; walking from Vienna to Bratislava with his mother; traveling by train to Budapest; his return to his hometown and reunion with his father. Mr. C. reflects upon the psychological impact of his experiences and their being the basis for all of his subsequent decisions. He relates the antisemitic behavior in Hungary after the war and his father's experiences during the war, including hiding in a Wallenberg "safe house" in Budapest.

Author/Creator
C., Peter, 1936-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
April 16, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with timecoding.
Cite As
Peter C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-838). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.