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Cy J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1666) interviewed by Louis Rosenblum

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1666

Videotape testimony of Cy J., who was born in Zduńska Wola, Poland in 1914. He recalls the outbreak of war; beatings and killings during a brief imprisonment with his father and brother; his brother fleeing to Russia; his sister fleeing to Ukraine; ghettoization; efforts of Jakub Lemberg, the head of the Judenrat, to save lives; public hangings; working at an ammunition factory; mass killings at the cemetery during the ghetto's liquidation led by Hans Biebow in 1942; transfer to the Łódź ghetto; his father's death; unloading freight trains; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944, then Althammer; transfer to Ellrich, then Bergen-Belsen; and liberation by British troops. Mr. J. recounts a fellow prisoner's protest against a German family who would not feed them; recuperating in Landskrona, Sweden; moving to Stockholm; telling his story at a church service; compassion from many Swedes; reunion with his brother who had been in Russia; marriage; and emigration to the United States in 1952. He details many atrocities in the ghettos and camps, and efforts of prisoners to help each other.

Author/Creator
J., Cy, 1915-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1990
Interview Date
October 28, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Cy J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1666). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.