Joseph F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-405) interviewed by Janet Hadda
- Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
- Interview Date
- October 16, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Joseph F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-405). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Joseph F., who was born in Poland in 1919. He recalls Jews being beaten on the street before the war; the deportation of his parents and five siblings from the Łódź ghetto (he never saw them again); deportation of the community leaders; learning from a truck driver that the leaders were killed by the SS in a nearby forest; liquidation of the Łódź ghetto in 1944; deportation to Auschwitz; slave labor in a coal mine in Silesia; the death march to Mauthausen via Czechoslovakia; assistance from the Czech population; transporting stone blocks in Mauthausen; building factories in Ebensee; and liberation by United States troops in May 1945. Mr. F. recalls meeting his future wife; working as a translator in Munich; returning to Poland; fleeing because of antisemitic incidents; contacting his relatives in Canada; and emigrating to the United States in 1949. He reflects upon his recent visit with friends to Mauthausen; his gratitude to the Allies; and sharing his experiences with his daughter.