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Oral history interview with Yossef Dotan

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

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    Oral history interview with Yossef Dotan


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Yossef Dotan
    interview:  1998 May 07
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Haganah (Organization)

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Yossef Dotan in Israel on May 7, 1998. The U.S.Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview on June 10, 1999, as an accretion to the original collection of Israel Documentation Project interviews received by transfer in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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