Rudolf F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1262) interviewed by Habib Nathan and Ted Zinnreich
- San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1987
- Interview Date
- November 15, 1987.
- 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.
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.