Nicholas P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-575) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Joyce Romm
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- April 29, 1985.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Nicholas P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-575). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Nicholas P., who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1912. He relates his father's conversion to Catholicism (which included the family) to obtain employment; his father's World War I service on the front for almost four years; attending high school in Szarvas; receiving his Ph.D. in Szeged; and working over twelve years for a bank in Budapest. Mr. P. describes changes starting in 1938; serving in a Jewish forced labor battalion; his marriage during a leave; deportation to Bergen-Belsen in December 1943; hardships in the transport and camp; liberation by Americans on April 7, 1945; and returning to Budapest to seek family members. He recalls finding his wife; realizing his mother would not return; returning to his former job; and emigration to Sweden. He tells of the birth of his three children; his brother, who became a Catholic priest and spent the war in Italy; and emigration to the United States. Mr. P. emphasizes the importance of survivors sharing their experiences; his own strong Jewish identity; and the difficulty of discussing these years with his wife. He also reads some of his poetry.