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Sigmund J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1548) interviewed by Ellen Trachtenberg and Lidya Osadchey

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1548

Videotape testimony of Sigmund J., who was born in Chrzanów, Poland in 1922. He recalls working in the family bakery; attacks on Hasidic children in school; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; fleeing to Przemyśl, then Lʹviv in the Soviet zone; working in Donbass; returning to Lʹviv; an aborted attempt to return home; working in bakeries in Boryslav and Truskavet︠s︡ʹ; German invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish restrictions; returning to Chrzanów; forced labor in Sosnowiec, Bautrupp-Seybusch, Kłobuck, Annaberg, and Klettendorf; smuggling food with a friend; receiving food from a Czech civilian worker; finding his brothers in Klettendorf; their transfer to Waldenburg in 1944; losing his belief in God; forced labor for I. G. Farben; sharing food with his sick brother; and liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945. Mr. J. describes reunion with his sister; learning their parents had perished; returning to Chrzanów; traveling to Prague; living in Feldafing, then Regensburg; emigrating to the United States in 1949 with his brothers and sister; and a difficult adjustment.

Author/Creator
J., Sigmund, 1922-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
January 21, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sigmund J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1548). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.