Still image from Tom S. Holocaust testimony, December 12, 1984.
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Thomas S. testimony 1984

Holocaust Testimony

GenreTestimonies
Object IDTS8412_02_VA
Date of Recording12 December 1984

InterviewerKrell, Robert
IntervieweeSzekely, Thomas
Duration1h 55m 57.0s
LanguageEnglish
SynopsisTom S. was born in Budapest, Hungary on May 19, 1935. He describes his family and heritage. He describes his parents’ conversion to Christianity. He recalls anti-Jewish legislation and German occupation. He describes his family being categorized as Jewish and being forced to wear yellow stars. He recalls visiting his father, who was a doctor, in a detention camp and his father’s deportation. He describes living in the ghetto with family until liberation by Soviet troops. Tom describes reuniting with extended family and learning of his father’s death. He describes being adopted by an aunt and uncle and moving to Switzerland. Tom describes immigration to Canada in 1951 and further education in the United States. He discusses being raised Protestant but being prosecuted for being Jewish and the Christian community’s response to the Holocaust. Tom shows photographs and artefacts. 
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RightsThe University of British Columbia | Holocaust Documentation Project | Principal Investigator: Robert Krell, M.D. | Consent to Record and Retain Records (fn: Under the auspices of the Standing Committee on the Holocaust and Canadian Jewish Congress - Pacific Region) on file.
NoteTestimony simultaneously recorded on video and audio cassette.
Other Holding InstitutionsFortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (repository)
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.