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Matthew T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2349) interviewed by Helen Katz and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2349

Videotape testimony of Matthew T., who was born in 1920, and grew up in Łomża, Poland. He details Jewish life; his education; antisemitism; his mother's death when he was twelve; his father's remarriage; German invasion; a twenty day confinement in an open field; return to Łomża; and Soviet occupation. Mr. T. recounts painting posters and translating for the Soviets; joining the Komsomol; working in Baranavichy and Jedwabne; fleeing the German invasion; working in Ukraine, Tashkent, Leninpol, Dzhambul and Kuibyshev (now Samara); and using his artistic talent in several places to promote the Soviet Union. He describes returning to Poland after the war; living near Katowice, then Kielce; visiting Łomża where he learned his family had perished; living in a displaced persons camp near Kassel; emigrating to join relatives in the United States; his career; and marriage. Mr. T. discusses his trip to Łomża in 1981; reluctance to share his experiences with his children; his artistic accomplishments; and shows family photographs.

Author/Creator
T., Matthew, 1920-2005.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
July 14, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Matthew T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2349). 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/1072615
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