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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.

F., Felix, 1917-
New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
Interview Date
November 5, 1989.
Warsaw (Poland)
Białystok (Poland)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Moscow (Russia)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Ashkhabad (Turkmenistan)
Baku (Azerbaijan)
Samara (Russia)
Belz (Ukraine)
L'viv (Ukraine)
Kraków (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Odesa (Ukraine)
Wrocław (Poland)
Paris (France)
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.