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Isador J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4483) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof, and Susan Millen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4483

Videotape testimony of Isador J., who was born in Vienna, Austria, the older of two children. He recounts his parents were Polish immigrants; his family's orthodoxy; completing high school; German occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish laws; a fight with a non-Jewish friend; leaving the next day without telling his family; traveling by train to Innsbruck; interdiction while trying to enter Switzerland; being kept at the railroad station and placed on a train to Vienna the next day; jumping from the train; walking toward the Alps; a shepherd sheltering him overnight, then escorting and directing him toward Switzerland; police interdiction in Switzerland; placement in a refugee camp near Saint Gall; contacting his parents; their emigration to join relatives in the United States; joining them in May 1940; serving in the United States military from 1943 to 1945; and being wounded. Mr. J. discusses fond memories of a wonderful youth in Vienna and not sharing his story until his grandson recently interviewed him for a school project. He shows documents and photographs.

J., Isador, 1921-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2015
Interview Date
November 8, 2015.
Vienna (Austria)
Innsbruck (Austria)
Saint Gall (Switzerland)
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and DVD.
Cite As
Isador J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4483). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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