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Isadore H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-413) interviewed by Olga Samuel and Arnold Band

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-413

Videotape testimony of Isadore H., who was born in Kielce, Poland. He recounts playing soccer as a member of Hapoel; German invasion; forced labor and starvation in the ghetto; separation from his family; dead bodies on the streets; deportation to Treblinka; escaping the gas chamber by mingling with workers burying corpses from the trains; smuggling himself to a barrack; working in the horse stable; Sunday boxing matches when prisoners were forced by guards to beat each other to death; suicides; escaping with a group of inmates under open gunfire; traveling at night with assistance from non-Jews; hiding at farmers' houses; moving to a small town with his friends after liberation by Soviet troops; working in the Soviet security service in Lublin to protect himself after one of his friends was killed by Poles; moving from Kielce to Częstochowa, then via Vienna and Germany to Bari; playing professional soccer in Garmisch-Partenkirchen; meeting his future wife in the Landsberg displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States. He discusses nightmares of escaping from Treblinka; the importance of luck and physical strength to his survival; and a trip to Treblinka in 1981.

H., Isadore.
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
December3, 1983.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isadore H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-413). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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