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Felix F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1287) interviewed by Norman Blumenthal and Bonnie Dwork

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1287

Videotape testimony of Felix F., who was born in Warsaw, Poland. He recalls his father's desire for him to enter the family business; apprenticing to a Yiddish theater group; German invasion; forced labor carrying stones; fleeing to Białystok; performing with a theater group which developed Yiddish dance; an unsuccessful attempt to return to Warsaw; an invitation to perform in Moscow from Solomon Mikhoels; meeting other prominent Jews while performing in Moscow, Leningrad, and Kiev; arrival in Odesa on June 20, 1941; German invasion; evacuation to Ashkhabad via Baku; delivering food and clothes to Polish citizens in Siberia as the Polish government-in-exile representative; working with the Polish embassy in Kui︡byshev (now Samara); fleeing to Ashkhabad after the break in Polish-Soviet relations in 1942; working as a dancer; traveling to Tashkent to escape KGB recruitment; performing in Yiddish with his wife in Bels, L'viv, and other liberated areas; escaping when Jews were killed crossing to Poland; reunion with his wife's cousin in Kraków; learning no family members had survived; performing in Łódź; working with hidden children in Warsaw orphanages; organizing a Jewish dance school for children in Wrocław; and emigrating with his wife to Paris, then to the United States.

Author/Creator
F., Felix, 1917-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
November 5, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Felix F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1287). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.