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Jack R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-995) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Peggy Morton,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-995

Videotape testimony of Jack R., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1913 to a family of ten children. He recounts attending yeshiva in Warsaw; working for a bank in Sosnowiec from 1935 to 1938, then in businesses in Katowice and Będzin; antisemitic incidents; German invasion; ghettoization; the role of the Judenrat; hiding in a bunker with his fiancee and siblings during the ghetto's liquidation in August 1943; separation from his sisters and fiancee upon arrival at Auschwitz; a privileged office job; visiting his fiancee in the women's camp; transfer with his brother to Sachsenhausen in October 1944, then to Dachau and Kaufering; and liberation by United States troops during a death march in April 1945. Mr. R. describes traveling to Zurich, seeking information about his relatives and fiancee; emigrating to Palestine; returning to Europe; marriage to his fiancee in 1946; their return to Palestine; returning to Europe in 1948; and emigrating to the United States from Hannover in 1950. Mr. R. discusses testifying at war crime trials in 1957 and 1963 in Germany and sharing his experiences with his children.

R., Jack, 1913-2003.
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
May 16, 1988.
Będzin (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Katowice (Poland)
Zurich (Switzerland)
Hannover (Germany)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-995). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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