John R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1295) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Brenda Steifel,
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.
- New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
- Interview Date
- November 11, 1989.
- 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.