Jacob E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1963) interviewed by Bernice Blum and Steven Lang
- Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1992
- Interview Date
- March 5, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacob E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1963). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jacob E., who was born in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland in 1922. He recalls his large, extended family who were bakers; his rebellious adolescence; increased antisemitism in the 1930s; German invasion; ghettoization; a mass killing of the Jewish intelligentsia; smuggling food into the ghetto; forced labor in Tyszowce in 1941 (he lost his hearing there); his father risking his life to bring him home; factory work with his uncle; receiving help from some Germans; the ghetto's liquidation in 1942 (he never saw his parents and sisters again); arranging to work with his brother; their transfer to Bliżyn; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; their distant cousin arranging an easier job for them; transfer to Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg, and Kaufering; and liberation from a death march by United States troops in Allach. Mr. E. recounts American soldiers preventing former prisoners from killing German guards; returning to Tomaszów to seek surviving relatives (there were none); returning to Munich; living with his brother; and marriage in 1946. He shows family photographs.