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Melvin F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1888) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1888

Videotape testimony of Melvin F., who was born in Dęblin, Poland in 1923. He vividly describes the vibrant Jewish community; joyful holiday and Sabbath observances; antisemitic harassment in public school; German invasion; fleeing to Ryki; his parents' and sisters' deaths in a bombing; returning with his grandfather and brother to Dęblin; reunion with his other brother; ghettoization; being accused of belonging to the underground; a brutal interrogation; three months imprisonment in Dęblin and Lublin; returning home; mass deportations in May 1942; transfer with his brothers to Dęblin concentration camp; helping others hide during deportations; public hangings and shootings; helping his brother avoid execution; their transfer to Częstochowa; harsher conditions; transfer to Buchenwald; removing bodies from trains; separation from his brothers upon transfer to Tröglitz; a civilian manager helping him avoid punishment for insubordination; escaping evacuation with a Russian prisoner; posing as non-Jewish, foreign workers in German villages; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. F. recalls returning to Buchenwald seeking his brothers; reunion with his younger brother (the other had perished); moving to Switzerland with Red Cross assistance; ORT training; living in Basel, Rheinwald, Lugano, and Zurich; emigrating to the United States in 1950; and meeting his wife while visiting Israel.

Author/Creator
F., Melvin, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
July 20, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Melvin F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1888). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.