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Joseph S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2041) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2041

Videotape testimony of Joseph S., who was born in Mława, Poland in 1920. He recalls his family's move to Busko-Zdrój in 1928, then Kraków in 1931; membership in the Bund; distributing anti-German leaflets; German invasion; escaping to L'viv in the Soviet zone; German invasion in 1941; being injured during an anti-Jewish riot during which many Jews were killed; help from Polish nurses; obtaining permission to join his family in Częstochowa; a beating when he was identified as a Jew at the Kraków railroad station; living with his family in the Częstochowa ghetto; deportation of his parents and sister to Treblinka; forced factory labor with his brother; planning an uprising, procuring weapons, and building bunkers; surviving the ghetto uprising; transfer to Buchenwald, then Dora/Nordhausen; evacuation; liberation by United States troops; convalescing in Seesen; building a memorial there; reunion with his girlfriend in Feldafing; marriage in Seesen; moving to the Eschwege displaced persons camp; working for ORT; and emigrating with his wife and brother to the United States. He discusses his trip to Poland in 1984 and the organization of the underground in Częstochowa.

Author/Creator
S., Joseph, 1920-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
May 19, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2041). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.