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David J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1831) interviewed by Avraham Atsili and Tovah Evan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1831

Videotape testimony of David J., who was born in Poland in 1927. Mr. J. recalls his childhood in Sieradz; his mother's death in 1938; German invasion; forced labor; his father's and brothers' arrest; his father's release; being beaten by a Jewish policeman (they subsequently met in Israel); substituting for his father for forced labor; transfer to Otoczna; escaping with a friend; recapture in Sieradz; return to Otoczna; a severe beating; escape and recapture; transfers to Poznań, Göttenburg, then Kreising; receiving food from Polish prisoners; escape and recapture again; a reprieve from execution when the camp was evacuated to Auschwitz/Birkenau; finding his brothers; the Sonderkommando uprising; separation from his brothers; transfer to Stutthof and Danzig; death marches to Lauenberg and other camps; and liberation by Soviet troops. He describes joining the Red Army; revenge killings of Lauenberg staff; advancing to Küstrin; joining his brother in Landsberg; living in Lossel; illegal emigration to Palestine; combat in the Israel-Arab War; marriage in 1954; and adopting two children. Mr. J. discusses sharing his experiences with his children; his feelings in concentration camps; health problems resulting from those years; visits to Germany; and educational activities with German students including visiting Auschwitz with them.

Author/Creator
J., David, 1927-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
Interview Date
December 15, 1986.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1831). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284590
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