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Roman F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1802) interviewed by Tamar Shushan and Amit Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1802

Videotape testimony of Roman F., who was born in Lemberg, Poland (Lʹviv, Ukraine) in 1921. He recalls his assimilated family; graduating from gymnasium in 1939; Soviet occupation; attending technical school; German invasion in 1941; anti-Jewish killing and violence; ghettoization; hiding during round-ups; his father's deportation; obtaining false papers; taking his mother to a non-Jewish family outside the ghetto; volunteering to work for Organisation Todt as a Pole; escaping with two Jews to Dnipropetrovsʹk; encountering Romanian soldiers traveling to Odesa; hiding with a Polish woman after separation from his friends; traveling to Warsaw; working as a driver in Aiud, Romania in February 1944; traveling to Budapest and Krakow in April; arrest as a German collaborator by the Soviets in Vienna; transfer to Iași, then Stalingrad (Volgograd) in December 1944; one year of slave labor; traveling from Rostov to Lʹviv; learning no family members had survived (he never ascertained his mother's fate); living with a Jewish family in Warsaw; attending dental school in Łódź; reluctance to acknowledge being Jewish; and emigrating to Israel in 1958. He discusses his core Jewish identity, which is not religious; pride as an Israeli; and the importance of his friends to his survival (he never found them after the war).

F., Roman, 1921-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985
Interview Date
October 16 and October 30, 1985.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Roman F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1802). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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