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Frederick T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1932) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1932

Videotape testimony of Frederick T., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1923. Mr. T. recalls his family moving to Benešov, then Prague; their assimilated lifestyle; his mother's death in 1932; increasing anti-Jewish restrictions; expulsion from gymnasium in 1939; his father obtaining false papers for him; working as a non-Jew on a farm for a year (the owners knew he was Jewish); returning to Prague when he was exposed; forced labor in another location beginning in October 1941; transfer to Theresienstadt in March 1943; reunion with his father; learning a great deal from him during their visits; his father's deportation to Auschwitz (he perished); sham improvements for a Red Cross visit and propaganda film; attending organized lectures by prisoners; deportation to Auschwitz in October 1944; placement in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); the pervasive smell of burning; transfer to Kaufering; slave labor; starvation rations; assistance from an SS man; liberation by United States troops; convalescing in Bad Wörishofen; returning to Prague; a nine-month hospitalization; moving to Paris with his future wife in October 1946; beginning his career as an artist; emigration to the United States via Canada in 1952; his wife's death; and remarriage. Mr. T. describes obsessive thoughts of food and being sustained in camps by thoughts of German defeat; pervasive, painful memories and vivid visual memories of Auschwitz that influence his art; and speaking to groups about his experiences.

Author/Creator
T., Frederick, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991 and 1992
Interview Date
December 18, 1991 and March 17, 1992.
Locale
Austria
Vienna (Austria)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Benešov (Středočeský kraj, Czech Republic)
Bad Wörishofen (Germany)
Paris (France)
Canada
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Frederick T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1932). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.