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Josef W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1411) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1411

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    Videotape testimony of Josef W., who was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1922. He describes his prewar life; German occupation of Prague; anti-Jewish restrictions; deportation to Terezín in November 1941, followed by his parents; forced labor; daily life and organization of the camp; meeting his future wife; transport with his family to Auschwitz; transfer after three months from the family camp to Schwarzheide in 1944; arduous conditions; starvation; and forced labor in a gas factory. Mr. W. tells of extreme hunger during the death march to Varnsdorf in 1945; evacuation, as Soviet troops advanced, in cattle cars to Litoměrǐce; the disappearance of SS guards; walking to Terezín; receiving Red Cross medical assistance; returning to Prague; resuming his work as a mechanic; learning his future wife was in Prague; reunion with his mother and sister; marriage in 1947; fleeing to Vienna after Soviet intervention in 1968; and emigration to the United States. Mr. W. speaks of his life in the United States; people's responses to him as a Holocaust survivor; and discussing his experiences with his children.
    W., Josef, 1922-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
    Interview Date
    December 5, 1990.
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Varnsdorf (Czech Republic)
    Litoměřice (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    Josef W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1411). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Cohen, Frances Proctor, interviewer.
    Associated material: Doris W. Holocaust testimony [wife] (HVT-1410), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 43 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Aid by non-Jews.

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