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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 Flossenbürg 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
interview:  1993 October 25
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:36:37
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