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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.

J., Sigmund, 1922-
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
January 21, 1991.
Chrzanów (Poland)
Przemyśl (Poland)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Donets Basin (Ukraine and Russia)
Truskavet︠s︡ʹ (Ukraine)
Boryslav (Ukraine)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Regensburg (Germany)
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.