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Joseph M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1383) interviewed by Deborah Shelkan Remis and Janet Miller,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1383

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    Videotape testimony of Joseph M., who was born in Poland in 1922. He recalls German invasion; the bombing of his home on his birthday, September 25, 1939; anti-Jewish regulations; his family's decision that he should escape to the Soviet zone; seeing his mother for the last time on October 19th; being hidden and guided to the Soviet border by a peasant woman; working in Borisov; learning of his father's and brother's escape to the Soviet zone; and losing contact with his mother and sister after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Mr. M. recounts fleeing by train to Smolensk, then Kazakhstan; conscription into the Soviet army; forced labor in a Siberian coal mine from early 1942 onward; severe cold, hunger, and discipline; returning to Poland in 1946; fleeing to the American zone with help from Zionist groups; living in displaced persons camps in Wegscheid, Admont and Wels; working for the Joint in Linz; marrying in 1949; and emigrating to the United States in 1951. He notes finding surviving cousins, but never learning the fate of his parents and siblings.
    M., Joseph, 1922-
    Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
    Interview Date
    May 22, 1989.
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Barysaŭ (Belarus)
    Smolensk (Russia)
    Siberia (Russia)
    Linz (Austria)
    Cite As
    Joseph M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1383). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Remis, Deborah Shelkan, interviewer.
    Miller, Janet, interviewer.
    Video distortion in some segments of this testimony.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 22 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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