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Frank S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1532) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1532

Videotape testimony of Frank S., who was born in Parkan (today Štúrovo), Czechoslovakia, in 1926. Mr. S. recalls his father's imprisonment as a "Hungarian master spy" in 1937; his release when Parkan was ceded to Hungary; his parents' separation in 1940; attending gymnasium in Debrecen; returning to Parkan with his mother in March 1944; smuggling food into the ghetto; losing his exemption (as the son of a Hungarian hero) from forced labor in August 1944; railroad construction in Transylvania; work as the commandant's wagon driver; a brutal sergeant whom he helped unmask after the war; and the unit's withdrawal to suburban Budapest after Horthy's fall. He describes escaping; joining the Relief and Rescue Committee; obtaining false papers; saving a group of children from deportation; meeting Committee members in a restaurant frequented by Nazis; attending a meeting between Kasztner and Eichmann; and rewarding a Christian for sheltering an escaped Jew. He relates liberation; serving as an interpreter for Soviet troops; reunion with his father in Parkan; work as a foreign correspondent in Prague in 1948; escape from Czechoslovakia in 1954; and his journalism career since arriving in America in 1958.

S., Frank, 1926-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
June 5, 1991.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frank S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1532). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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