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Josef C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1065) interviewed by Dina Porat and Tamar Shushan,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1065

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    Videotape testimony of Joseph C., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1926. He recalls poverty; his family's Hasidism; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; arrest by Jewish police for taking bread from the garbage; fleeing with a friend to Praga, Dęblin, and Kurów; slave labor; kindness from one German soldier; returning to Warsaw; learning his father and one sister had died; deportation to Treblinka; escaping to a work group; gassings and mass shootings; a visit by Heinrich Himmler; vicious personnel, including John Demjanjuk, Franz Stangl, and Kurt Franz ("Lalka"); a severe beating; obtaining a privileged job; prisoners baking matzos at Passover; and arrival of Warsaw ghetto resistants in May 1943. Mr. C. recounts fleeing during the August 1943 rebellion; hiding in the woods and on a farm with help from a Pole; escaping execution by the AK; capture by German troops in 1945; transport to Bergen-Belsen; sabotaging German military uniforms; witnessing the birth of a child who was immediately killed; liberation by British troops; several months hospitalization; reunion with a cousin; living in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; emigration to Palestine; marriage to a survivor; and service in the Israel-Arab War of 1948. He discusses Nazi dehumanizing techniques and psychological manipulation; nightmares; and the trauma of reliving his experiences while testifying.
    C., Josef, 1926-
    Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985
    Interview Date
    January 10, 1985.
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Dęblin (Warsaw, Poland)
    Kurów (Lublin, Poland)
    Praga (Warsaw, Poland)
    Cite As
    Josef C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1065). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Porat, Dina, interviewer.
    Shushan, Tamar, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (6 hrs., 10 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Child survivors.
    Childbirth in concentration camps.
    Concentration camps Revolts.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Mass killings.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Concentration camp inmates--Religious life. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Nightmares. Escapes. Forced labor. Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949--Personal narratives. Jews--Poland--Warsaw. Revenge. Jewish ghettos. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. World War, 1939-1945--Children. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Poland. Sabotage. Poland. Warsaw (Poland) Dęblin (Warsaw, Poland) Kurów (Lublin, Poland) Praga (Warsaw, Poland) Palestine--Emigration and immigration. Oral histories (document genres) Refugee camps. C., Josef,--1926- Franz, Kurt. Himmler, Heinrich,--1900-1945. Demjanjuk, John. Stangl, Franz. Treblinka (Concentration camp) Bergen-Belsen (Concentration camp) DP-Camp Bergen-Belsen. Poland.--Polskie Siły Zbrojne.--Armia Krajowa.

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