Still image from Isidor T. Holocaust testimony, July 17, 1998.
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Izidor T. testimony 1998 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

GenreTestimonies
Object IDIZ9807_01_VA
Date of Recording18 July 1998

InterviewerKrell, Robert
IntervieweeTischler, Izidor
Duration2h 6m 0.0s
LanguageEnglish
SynopsisIzidor was born on September 18, 1925 in Romania. He describes his family. He recalls attending a Jewish school and a public school. He describes his extended family, which were very religious. He describes studying to become a rabbi in Satu Mare. He recalls increased antisemitism. He describes being taken for forced labour. He describes escaping to Budapest where it was harder for authorities to catch them. He describes returning home to his family. He describes being arrested again, taken to Budapest, and then to a transit camp outside the city. He describes deportation to Auschwitz via train. He describes arriving at the camp and the selection process. He describes the living conditions and brutal treatment. He discusses his number and the experience of being counted every day. He describes working as a carpenter. He describes being transferred for forced labour. He describes finding and sharing food. He describes being transferred to Flossenbürg and the conditions there. He describes being taken to Ravensbrück to work at the train station. He recalls seeing American bombers. He describes liberation. He explains how he and a small group of survivors decided to go to Feldafing, which had trains going to Budapest. Izidor describes returning home and reuniting with his surviving family. He discusses leaving Romania to avoid military conscription. He describes traveling through Yugoslavia, Greece, and Italy. He describes his attempts to get on a ship going to Israel with his brother. He recalls how the British stopped the ship before being allowing them to land in Haifa. He describes living on a kibbutz and serving in the military. He describes immigrating to Vancouver. He describes meeting his wife, finding employment, and joining the Jewish community. He discusses raising his children. Izidor shows photographs and documents. 
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.