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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.
Soviet Union
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Dnipropetrovsʹk (Ukraine)
Vienna (Austria)
Budapest (Hungary)
Kraków (Poland)
Iași (Romania)
Volgograd (Russia)
Rostov-na-Donu (Russia)
Odesa (Ukraine)
Warsaw (Poland)
Aiud (Romania)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Roman F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1802). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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