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Oral history interview with Yossef Dotan

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.343 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0343

Yosef Dotan, born in 1923 in Vel'ký Meder, Slovakia, describes growing up in an upper middle-class family with three siblings; his Hungarian parents; going to a high school in Bratislava, Slovakia; Jewish life in the village; the entrance of the Germans into the Sudeten; leaving his hometown for school and then later moving to Budapest, Hungary to look for work; learning carpentry; being conscripted into the army and in 1944 going to Komárno; being sent to Nagykáta, Hungary; being sent to a professional unit to build a factory; the Jews in his village being sent to Auschwitz in 1944 and the fates of his family members; working in an aluminum factory that was bombed first by the British and then by the Americans; bribing a man in the Wehrmacht who took them to Budapest in a truck; going to the Glass House, which was the home of Zionist organizations; his involvement with the underground movement, providing forged papers; being known by the name Dawei; working with forger David Gur; meeting his future wife; the Kastner trial; liberation by the Russians; helping to gather abandoned Jewish children; organizing the transportation of food supplies from Romania to Budapest; smuggling refugees across the border; going by boat to Haifa, Israel; joining the Haganah; and getting married in 1948.

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Yossef Dotan
interview:  1998 May 07
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:28:06
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