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John R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1295) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Brenda Steifel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1295

Videotape testimony of John R., who was born in Breslau, Germany in 1920. He recalls attending elementary and technical high school in Łódź; active participation in Jewish socialist organizations; antisemitic incidents; participating in Deror, a Zionist socialist movement; training on a kibbutz in Będzin in 1939; German invasion; walking to Łódź; reconstituting the kibbutz in Będzin to aid the Jewish community; meeting his future wife; Frumḳah Ploṭnitsḳah's visit to begin to organize resistance; rescuing children smuggled from the Warsaw ghetto; the kibbutz organizing a children's escape from a selection in August 1943; the Judenrat not revealing their identities; rescuing people from deportation using false papers; arrest and deportation to Auschwitz; working at a synthetic gasoline factory in Blechhammer; arranging his future wife's escape and her concealment with assistance from a Pole and a German guard; the death march to Buchenwald; assistance from German political prisoners; liberation in April 1945; and reunion with his future wife in Paris.

R., John, 1920-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
November 11, 1989.
Wrocław (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Będzin (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
John R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1295). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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