SynopsisErnest F. was born in Makó, Hungary on May 27, 1923. He describes his family and the Jewish community. He discusses his family’s Hungarian patriotism. He recalls experiencing antisemitism beginning in 1938, and the introduction of anti-Jewish regulations. He describes attending law school in 1941. He describes the German occupation and ghettoization. He describes being conscripted into a Hungarian forced labour battalion and transported to the Russian front. He describes the poor conditions, slave, labour, and violence against prisoners. He describes receiving an operation in a hospital. Ernest describes capture by Soviet troops as a prisoner of war and his escape. He recalls traveling home and learning his parents had been deported but survived. He describes his marriage, having a daughter, and becoming a lawyer. He describes escaping to Vienna during the 1956 Hungarian revolution. He describes immigrating to Canada. Ernest notes the importance of luck to his survival.
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NoteInterview ends mid-sentence. Poor video quality from approximately 01:01:00 to end. Testimony simultaneously recorded on video and audio cassette.