Fred M. testimony 1985 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

Object IDFM8507_04_VA
Date of Recording17 July 1985

InterviewerKrell, Robert
Duration1h 58m 14.0s
SynopsisFrederick was born in Budapest, Hungary on March 27, 1920. He describes his family. He describes being ordained in 1941 as a deacon in the Hungarian Reform Church. He recalls the Jewish community and other Christian church groups. He recalls how Protestant churches provided aid to Jewish people and were part of the underground resistance. Frederick recalls his role going to work camps to baptize people so they did not have to wear the yellow star and could stay in Hungary. He describes hiding Jews in his own home and providing work positions. Fred discusses how the Good Shepherd was not looking for converts. He describes changes in Budapest during Nazi occupation. He describes conditions in the ghetto. He recalls learning about concentration camps and atrocities committed in other parts of Europe. He describes liberation by Soviet troops and experiences directly after the war. Frederick speaks about meeting his wife, losing Hungarian citizenship, and moving to Canada. Frederick shows photographs. 
NoteTape cuts at 1:00:31 and interviewer question is not fully recorded
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.