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Serge H. testimony 1984 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

GenreTestimonies
Object IDSH8401_02_VA
Date of Recording11 January 1984

InterviewerForrai, Ernest
IntervieweeHaber, Serge
Duration1h 57m 28.0s
LanguageEnglish
Synopsis

Serge H. was born in Tîrgu Ocna, Romania in 1928. He describes his family. He recalls moving to Podu Iloaiei in 1931, then Iași in 1936. He describes his experience of antisemitic harassment in school. He describes having his bar mitzvah during a violent round-up on June 28, 1941. His discusses his family’s attempts had maintaining a "normal" life and how his father retaining his business through “partnerships” with non-Jews. He describes doing forced labor digging trenches. He recalls how his mother was injured during Allied bombings. He describes liberation by Soviet troops in August 1944. He discusses moving to Bucharest in October 1944 to resume his education. He recalls continued antisemitic harassment. He describes working in a pharmacy. Serge discusses smuggling himself to Budapest via Arad in October 1947 to escape the increasing influence of the Soviet Union. He later travelled to Paris various locations including Vienna and Milan. He describes emigration to Havana in September 1948. He describes coming to Canada in September 1949 where he was later joined by his family.

Other Holding InstitutionsFortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (repository)
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Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.