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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-405

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.

Author/Creator
F., Joseph, 1919-
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
October 16, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1098937
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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