Joseph F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-405) interviewed by Janet Hadda,
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.
- 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.