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Morris (Miklos) D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-758) interviewed by Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-758

Videotape testimony of Morris D., who was born in Kállósemjén, Hungary in 1919. He describes his orthodox childhood and education; leaving the Yeshiva in 1939 to join the family business; being drafted into the Hungarian army in 1940; two years in a slave labor brigade in Transylvania and Yugoslavia, during which they wore army uniforms with yellow armbands indicating they were Jews, did menial labor, and could not bear arms; returning home to see his parents with the aid of a Hungarian officer in 1942; increasing antisemitism and abuse by the Hungarians; and transfer to the Russian front working in a Hungarian military command for the German army. Mr. D. relates his capture as a prisoner-of-war by the Russian army; being marched from place to place for months during which conditions were so horrendous that some resorted to cannibalism; spending the next six years in Russia working as a prisoner in a hospital and coal mine; being released in 1948; returning home; his reunion with surviving family, including his brother who had been saved by having "Wallenberg papers"; leaving Hungary; meeting his wife in Austria; and arrival in the United States in 1954. He discusses his children and their traditional religious observance; and the necessity for younger people to know about the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
D., Morris, 1919-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
August 12, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Morris D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-758). 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/967662
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