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Isaac F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2760) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2760

Videotape testimony of Isaac F., who was born in Ciężkowice, Poland in 1892. He recalls growing up in a religious family; fleeing to Germany to escape military service; working in a shoe store in Berlin; serving in the German army during World War I; marriage in Cologne after the war; the birth of his two sons; recognizing the danger as the Nazis came to power and emigrating to Holland in 1933; establishing a leather business in Zaandam; German invasion in 1940; unsuccessful attempts to emigrate; obtaining Palestine visas; deportation with his family to Westerbork; cleaning streets; and weekly deportations to the east. Mr. F. recounts deportation with his family to Bergen-Belsen; working in the area where luggage was taken from the arriving prisoners; his wife's visits from the women's camp when she gave him her bread to bring to their sons; evacuation by train in 1945; self-liberation when the guards "disappeared" in Tröbitz; returning with his family to Holland; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. F. tells several anecdotes of prewar life.

F., Isaac, 1892-
Mamaroneck, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 6, 1995.
Berlin (Germany)
Cologne (Germany)
Zaandam (Netherlands)
Tröbitz (Germany)
Ciężkowice (Poland)
4 copies: 8mm. master; two 3/4 in. dubs and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isaac F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2760). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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