Julius H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-892) interviewed by Itzik Nakhmen Gottesman
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
- Interview Date
- May 4, 1987.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Julius H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-892). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Julius H., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1918 to a family of six children. He tells of the anti-Jewish atmosphere in Częstochowa; antisemitic incidents increasing after 1933; membership in the Zionist organization Gordonyah; German invasion; escaping mass killings; anti-Jewish regulations; ghettoization; harsh conditions and slave labor; actions of the Judenrat; recovery from typhus; and liquidation of the hospital. Mr. H. details hiding his parents and sister in a bunker; liquidation of the ghetto; selection for slave labor in factories in the remaining "small ghetto"; underground resistance activities; deportations of the elderly and children; the killings of his mother and younger brother; unsuccessful attempts to save his sister and brother-in-law from deportation; his father's deportation; work in HASAG; liberation by Soviet troops; learning his sister was in the British zone in Germany; fleeing with his brother to Germany; staying at Föhrenwald with their sister; emigration to the United States; and his marriage. He discusses the psychological effects of his experiences and his belief in the pervasiveness of antisemitism in the world.