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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1189

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    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.
    O., Jacob, 1921-
    New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
    Interview Date
    April 30, 1989.
    Sławków (Poland)
    Olsztyn (Województwo Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland)
    Strzemieszyce Wielkie (Poland)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Jacob O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1189). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Demby, Gloria, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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