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Jonas R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2080) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2080

Videotape testimony of Jonas R., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1914, one of ten children. He recalls attending public school and yeshiva; helping in his father's bakery; organized resistance to antisemitism; officer training in the Polish Army; mobilization in March 1939; German invasion; capture and incarceration as a POW in Görlitz (Zgorzelec); hospitalization; release; returning to Łódź via Lublin; working as a baker, construction worker, and fireman in the ghetto; collecting and burying the dead; deportation with other family members to Auschwitz in 1944; separation from his parents and sister (he never saw them again); forced labor; transfer with his brother and nephew to Friedland; protecting his nephew during selections; working as a foreman; cold and starvation; liberation with his brother and nephew; finding his future wife in a nearby camp; living in Łódź; marriage; increasing antisemitism; and emigration to Israel in 1948, then later to the United States. Mr. R. notes that three siblings survived and discusses his wife's nightmares; the unwillingness of his American relatives to hear about his experiences; and his daughter's interest in the Holocaust.

R., Jonas, 1914-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 18, 1991.
Łódź (Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
Zgorzelec (Województwo Dolnośląskie, Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jonas R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2080). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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