Josef W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1411) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Frances Proctor Cohen
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 5, 1990.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Josef W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1411). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.