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Josef M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1957) interviewed by Lidya Osadchey and Helen Cohn

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1957

Videotape testimony of Josef M., who was born in Szydłowiec, Poland in 1916. He recalls antisemitic boycotts; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions and violence; deportation to Starachowice in September 1942; learning his family was deported to Treblinka the next day; volunteering to return to Szydłowiec in January 1943; reunion with a sister; jumping from a deportation train; assistance from a Polish policeman and a Polish neighbor; being hidden by non-Jews; assistance from a Polish doctor and pharmacist when he was ill; being smuggled into Wolanów; escaping to the Radom ghetto; living with an uncle; volunteering for transfer to Starachowice in 1944; slave labor in the munitions factory; escaping with six others in July 1944; hiding on farms; attempting to join the Armia Krajowa; rejection as Jews; liberation by Soviet troops in March; returning home; learning about the extermination camps; hearing of planned Polish anti-Jewish violence; traveling to Łódź, Szczucin, then Stuttgart; briefly living in a displaced persons camp; assistance from UNRRA; meeting his future wife in Munich; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. M. discusses recent visits with his son to Auschwitz, Treblinka, and his rescuer in Szydłowiec; being the sole survivor of his family; and sharing his story with his children. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Josef, 1916-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
Interview Date
March 26, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Josef M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1957). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.