Jacob P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2480) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
- Interview Date
- November 6, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacob P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2480). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jacob P., who was born in Viseu de Jos, Romania in 1926, the youngest of eight children. He recalls his family's poverty; attending Jewish and Romanian schools; Hungarian occupation; German occupation in 1944; transfer to a ghetto in a larger town; deportation several months later with his family to Auschwitz; separation from all but one brother; transfer to Birkenau; his brother helping him; their transfer to Doernhau, Wüstegiersdorf, and Waldenburg; separation from his brother in Flössenburg; evacuation of the camp in April 1945; disappearance of the guards; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. P. recounts his reunion with two sisters and two brothers in Viseu de Jos; working for the United States Army in Germany; emigrating to the United States in 1948; serving in the United States Army in Korea; and marriage in 1958. Mr. P. discusses his reluctance to speak of his experience after American soldiers laughed at what he had said; the anguish of his memories; and efforts to forget the past.