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David F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1893) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1893

Videotape testimony of David F., who was born in Sosnowiec in 1924. He recalls attending public and Hebrew schools; anti-Semitic incidents; participating in Zionist activities; German invasion in 1939; round-ups of Jewish men including his father and uncles; and volunteering for forced labor to fill his family's quota. Mr. F. describes road building, rail work and other assignments in Kochłowice, Brande, Gross Masselwitz, Sebezh, Novosokolniki, Sakrau, Annaberg, and Markstädt (building a Krupp factory), always with his friend Harry; kindness from a German worker; arrival of his father; transfer to Fünfteichen; transfer to Gross Rosen (separated from his father), Buchenwald (separated from Harry), Bisingen, and Spaichingen; a three-week death march; disappearance of the guards near Wissen; and finding United States troops to help them. He recalls living in Garmisch and Feldafing; reunions with a cousin, Harry, and two sisters; marriage; living in Munich and Schongau; futile efforts to find his sister's baby, who had been left with a woman in Poland; reporting the camp official responsible for his father's death; the births of two children; emigrating to the United States; locating another sister in the Soviet Union; and having a memorial erected at an unmarked mass grave.

Author/Creator
F., David, 1924-2001.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
November 5, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1893). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.