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Henry F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1332) interviewed by Barbara Dover and Barbara McPherson

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1332

Videotape testimony of Henry F., who was born in 1920 in Nowy Korczyn, Poland. He recalls his religious home; ubiquitous antisemitism; participating in Zionist organizations; German invasion; immediate round-up and shooting of 200 young men; public hangings; anti-Jewish regulations; forced transfer to the Sosnowiec ghetto in November 1942; deportation to Reigersfeld; slave labor, starvation, frequent beatings leading to many suicides; his decision to commit suicide after one year; and transfer to Auschwitz and Blechhammer, before he could implement his plan. Mr. F. describes encountering his brother which gave him the incentive to live; doing favors for and receiving food from a German foreman; public hangings; the death march to Gross Rosen in January 1945; transfer to Buchenwald; separation from his brother on arrival (he never saw him again); transfer to Spaichingen; marching out two weeks later; liberation by American troops; recuperation in an army hospital; assistance from the Joint; marriage in 1947; and emigration to the United States in 1949. He discusses his visits to Poland and the "scars he carries" including continuing nightmares.

F., Henry, 1920-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
Novermber 12, 1989.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Nowy Korczyn (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1332). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.