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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.
Locale
Poland
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Szczucin (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Munich (Germany)
Stuttgart (Germany)
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.