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Jacob W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-901) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Peggy Morton

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-901

Videotape testimony of Jacob W., who was born in Radom, Poland in 1914, the youngest of eight children. He recalls life in a vibrant Jewish community; working in his father's fur business; anti-Semitic actions by local Poles; German invasion in September 1939; SS atrocities and killings; and deportation to Buchenwald in October with 3,200 Poles, less than 100 of which were Jewish. Mr. W. details in depth conditions in Buchenwald: camp organization; formation of the underground; relations among prisoners from many countries, including Russian POWs; camp songs; abusive forced labor and beatings; arrival of Jews in 1944, including a group of children; successful efforts to save the children; learning of the extermination of Jews in "the East;" and specific atrocities committed by Ilse Koch. He describes liberation after five and a half years; his realization that he might be the only survivor of his family; return to Radom; finding a niece; pogroms against returning Jewish survivors; travel to Germany; marriage to a survivor; emigration to the United States; building a successful business; his children's Jewish commitment, despite his own lack of belief; and his leadership role in the Radom survivor organizations.

Author/Creator
W., Jacob, 1914-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
May 18, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacob W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-901). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1029490
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