Itzhak R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1827) interviewed by Tovah Evan and Chaya Mʻeiri
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
- Interview Date
- September 16 and 24, 1986.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Itzhak R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1827). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Itzhak R., who was born in Łódź, Poland (then Russia) in approximately 1915, one of three children. He recalls his father's prominent role as a leader in the Jewish community; his family's affluence; his three-day bar mitzvah celebration; obtaining documents to emigrate to Palestine; remaining with his family due to his father's illness; working in a bank; German invasion; fleeing with his brother to Łowicz, then Warsaw; their return home; working with the Judenrat chairman, Ḥayim Rumkowski, whom he had previously known; ghettoization; working at various jobs for the Judenrat; losing his position due to disagreements with Rumkowski; being protected by others; assistance from non-Jews he had previously known; working in a shirt factory, the pharmacy, and gathering dead bodies for burial; preparing a bunker; hiding with about fifty others during the ghetto's liquidation; liberation by Soviet troops; transport by the Soviets to several locations; and emigration to Israel. Mr. R. names many people in the Łódź ghetto and discusses their roles in the functioning of the ghetto.