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Paul D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-620) interviewed by Esther Mishkin and Gloria Demby

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-620

Videotape testimony of Paul D., who was born in Hlohovec, Hungary (today Czechoslovakia), in 1913. Mr. D. tells of attending high school and university in Vienna; his father's death when he was nine; returning to the family farm to care for his siblings after his mother's death in 1931; Hungarian occupation in 1939; being arrested by Hungarians, along with seventy others, in Dunajská Streda in 1943; internment in Kistarcsa and later Garany; and release months later. He recalls visiting his sister in Budapest on the day of the German occupation; detention again in Kistarcsa; deportation to Auschwitz in May 1944; a Polish prisoner who helped him keep a treasured cigarette case; transport to Wüstegiersdorf; German exploitation of tensions between Polish and Hungarian prisoners; forced labor; trading contraband for food; and transfer in February 1945 to Bergen-Belsen. He relates appalling conditions; repairing bombed railway tracks in Hildesheim; finding food scraps; sleeping in the woods; an SS officer who helped him; and liberation. He describes postwar jobs in Germany; emigration to America in 1949; working as a dairyman and stockbroker; and his emotional and physical problems.

Author/Creator
D., Paul, 1913-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
November 2, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paul D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-620). 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/982246
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