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Oral history interview with Ernest Hollander

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.836 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0836

Ernest Hollander describes his childhood in Irshava, a small village near Munkacs, Czechoslovakia (now Mukachevo, Ukraine); the occupation of the area in which he and his family lived by Hungary in 1939; the increasing anti-Jewish restrictions imposed in 1941; his older brother being conscripted into forced labor; his sister moving to Budapest; the round up of Jews in 1944; their trip by cattle car to Auschwitz; the selection process in which his three young sisters and his mother were sent to their death; Ernest, his father, two brothers and an uncle being sent to the Allenbush factory near Breslau; Ernest’s father dying there; being transferred to Flossenburg concentration camp; the subsequent death march to Dachau; being liberated by an African American tank brigade; staying in a displaced persons camp in Germany; deciding to immigrate to Palestine; being smuggled into Palestine on a British boat; his life in Haifa, Israel; marrying; participating in the 1948 Israel-Arab war; immigrating to the United States in 1950; organizing a survivors group; speaking in schools; his active participation in the Jewish community; reuniting with his older brother Zoltan, whom he had believed had been killed during the war, in 1992.

Mr. Ernest Hollander
Howard Felson
Gloria Lyon
Sylvia Prozan
1993 October 25  (interview)
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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