Jacob H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1078) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and Shlomit Mahler
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
- Interview Date
- September 7, 1984.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacob H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1078). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jacob H., who was born in Kraków, Poland in approximately 1929, the youngest of three brothers. He recalls German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; moving to Czyżyny because his father thought it would be better; studying with a non-Jewish tutor; ghettoization in Kraków a year later; hiding during round-ups; transfer with his family to the camp at the airport, then Płaszów; a public hanging; constant fear; transfer with one brother to Starachowice a month later; caring for his brother when he was hospitalized; slave labor and illness, from which he still bears scars; antagonism between rural and urban prisoners; transfer to the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager) at Auschwitz/Birkenau; a prisoner doctor treating his infection; joining his brother's group during selections; transfer to Charlottengrube; a civilian worker bringing him extra food; assisting his brother during the death march to Mauthausen; his brother's hospitalization (he never saw him again); transfer to Melk in February 1945; a death march in April to Gunskirchen; liberation by United States troops days later; aid from the Red Cross; hospitalization; traveling with the Jewish Brigade to Tarvisio; living in Bologna, Modena, then Selvino with a Zionist group, a healing experience during which he began to feel human again; and deciding to emigrate to Israel. Mr. H discusses continuing pain when recalling the separation from his brother (none of his family survived); support from friends in the camps; and reluctance to share his experiences after the war.