Jacob W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-901) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Peggy Morton
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
- Interview Date
- May 18, 1987.
- 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.
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.