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Martin F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2560) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2560

Videotape testimony of Martin F., who was born in Ulanów, Poland in 1921. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; his father's emigration to the United States; brief Soviet occupation; deportation to Belzec in spring 1940; slave labor digging ditches; release home six months later; deportation to Budzyń; slave labor in a Heinkel airplane factory; a public hanging; transfer to Rzeszów, Płaszów, then Flossenbürg with Heinkel co-workers; improved conditions after transfer to Colmar; transfer to Oranienburg, then Watenstedt with Heinkel co-workers; slave labor in a munitions factory; Allied bombings; transfer to Ravensbrück; receiving aid packages from the Joint; transfer to Ludwigslust; liberation by Canadian troops from a train transport in May 1945; traveling to Warsaw, Kraków, then Gliwice; traveling with the Jewish Brigade to Vienna, then Cremona in 1946; living in a displaced persons camp for over a year; receiving documents from the Red Cross; contact with his sister; emigration to the United States in March 1947; reunion with his father; marriage; and the births of two children. Mr. F. discusses details of camp life, including severe hardships; his mother and other sister being killed; and learning that he and his family had been issued United States visas in March 1939, but never received them.

Author/Creator
F., Martin, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
June 14, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martin F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2560). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.