Izzy F. testimony 2009 [video recording]
Date of Recording16 January 2009
Duration2h 22m 57.0s
SynopsisIzzy F. was born in Oradea, Romania on January 8, 1918. He describes his family and his childhood. He recalls their religious life and the Jewish community. He describes being drafted into the Romanian army and being in the military when the war broke out. He recalls his parents’ and brother’s experience during this time. Izzy describes volunteering to work in trades as a blacksmith then an auto mechanic. He discusses how his battalion had to join the German army and how he acted as a translator. He recalls receiving the protection of a battalion leader. He describes being sent back to Hungary as part of the Hungarian military. He describes reuniting with his brother. He recalls learning that the war had ended and trying to return to Oradea. He describes interactions with Russian troops. He describes immigrating to Canada after his brother. Izzy discusses the importance of luck to his survival. He discusses sharing his story and his involvement with the Jewish community in Vancouver.
NoteAudio cuts out between 1:33:07 and 1:36:56
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.