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Joseph A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-651)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-651

Videotape testimony of Joseph A., who was born in Lithuania in 1919. He recalls attending yeshiva in Kelmė; attending gymnasium; draft into the Lithuanian military in 1939; Soviet occupation; transfer to the Soviet military; leaving the military; German occupation; ghettoization; being selected with other men for forced labor in Germany; a rabbi encouraging them to help each other; frequent beatings; receiving extra food from friends; transfer to Auschwitz; transfer with other non-Polish-speaking prisoners to clean up the remains of the Warsaw ghetto; observing shootings of Jews who had hidden themselves; a death march during which friends assisted him; train transport to Dachau; hospitalization; transfer to another camp; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Germany for over a year; living in a displaced persons camp; marriage; his son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. A. discusses the importance to his survival of will power and assistance from fellow prisoners.

A., Joseph, 1919-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
Interview Date
October 10, 1985.
Kelmė (Lithuania)
Warsaw (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-651). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.