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Jacob O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1189) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Gloria Demby

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1189

Videotape testimony of Jacob O., who was born in Sławków, Poland in 1921. He recalls growing up in an assimilated family; German invasion; mass killings; fleeing to Olsztyn with his family; returning to Sławków; ghettoization; forced labor; his brother volunteering to replace a young father for deportation in January 1940 (he was killed in a camp); arranging a hiding place for his parents with help from a non-Jewish friend; escaping with his family to Strzemieszyce; forced labor in Sagan; his sister arranging a privileged job in the kitchen for him with help from a German; working as a Blockältester's secretary in Kittlitztreben; death marches to Buchenwald and Flossenbürg in February 1945; transfer to Dachau; and liberation by United States troops in April 1945. Mr. O. describes recovering in a hospital; living in Neufreimann; returning to Sławków; finding his sisters in Bohemia; traveling to Munich with them; attending an UNRRA school for displaced persons; marriage in 1949; emigration to the United States; and founding a successful business. He discusses the importance of being with his sister in Sagan and identifying a war criminal and testifying at his trial.

Author/Creator
O., Jacob, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
April 30, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacob O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1189). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.