Gabriel F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-671) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Sara Moss Herz
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- March 24, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Gabriel F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-671). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Gabriel F., who was born in Arad, Romania in 1925. He relates childhood memories of his family and what it was like to grow up as a member of the only affluent Jewish family in a predominantly Hungarian and German town. He discusses the initial phase of anti-Jewish legislation which barred him from regular high school and university; German occupation in the summer of 1944; his father's transfer as a state doctor to a small village; and the family's deportation to a ghetto in Transylvania, then to Auschwitz where he stayed for eight days. He describes his transport to Buchenwald; work in a synthetic gasoline factory; incidents of aid by non-Jews; transport to Berga, a sub-camp of Buchenwald, in November or December 1944; the forced march to Czechoslovakia; and escape to a Czech village, then to Pilsen when he learned of the arrival of the Americans. He speaks of his postwar return to Romania; the agony of waiting for his parents, who never returned; his experience in a DP camp; and emigration to the United States, where he earned an advanced degree in engineering. Mr. F. tells of his son's breakdown and his own inability to mourn his father's death until many years later.