Paul D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-620) interviewed by Esther Mishkin and Gloria Demby
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- November 2, 1985.
- 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.
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.