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Rudolf F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1262) interviewed by Habib Nathan and Ted Zinnreich

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1262

Videotape testimony of Rudolf F., who was born in Krojanke, Germany in 1922. He recalls his family's move to Berlin in 1933; purchasing false papers; their emigration to Antwerp in 1937; attending a Jewish boarding school; German invasion; learning his family was in France; traveling to Perpignan; finding them in Montélimar; incarceration in a labor camp; escaping to join his family; his mother's deportation (he never saw her again); his brother being hidden in a convent; joining the Resistance in Lyon; living in Grenoble; obtaining a false identity from the mayor; arrest in Nice; incarceration in Drancy; deportation with his father to Auschwitz in 1943; assignment to Buna/Monowitz; assistance from a kapo and his cousin; Allied bombings; killing wounded Germans for revenge; separation from his father (he never saw him again); Jewish scholars teaching them; hospitalization; the death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; train transport to Buchenwald; Czechs throwing them food; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; cannibalism; liberation by British troops; transport to Paris; reunion with his sister in Belgium; emigration to the United States; and his Air Force career. Mr. F. discusses lack of self confidence, fears, and depression due to his experiences; camp life; and relations between prisoner groups.

Author/Creator
F., Rudolf, 1922-
Published
San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1987
Interview Date
November 15, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub.; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rudolf F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1262). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4283571
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
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