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Ernest E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1499) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1499

Videotape testimony of Ernest E., who was born in Cluj, Romania in 1915. He describes his observant family of seven children; the family's kosher restaurant; education; their strong zionist leanings; working as an engineer; Hungarian occupation resulting in the loss of his job; and emigrating to Czernowitz in the Soviet zone. Mr. E. recalls his marriage; German invasion; ghettoization; transport with his wife to Transnistria; horrendous living conditions in Mogilev; meeting a Romanian officer whom he had known and who offered him a job as an engineer; building a bridge with sixty Jews, who were not really needed, but whom the officer saved through this subterfuge; conditions during the winter of 1942 resulting in thousands of deaths; and liberation by Soviet troops. He relates their return to Czernowitz; being drafted into the Russian army; forced labor building airstrips near Moscow; deserting; return to Czernowitz, then to Cluj in 1945; his son's birth; and emigration to Australia in 1960. Mr. E. shows family photographs and points out almost no one in them survived.

E., Ernest, 1915-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
May 15, 1991.
Mohyliv-Podilʹsʹkyĭ (Ukraine)
Chernivt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
Transnistria (Territory under German and Romanian occupation, 1941-1944)
Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ernest E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1499). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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