David J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1831) interviewed by Avraham Atsili and Tovah Evan
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
- Interview Date
- December 15, 1986.
- 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.
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.