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Joseph W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2695) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2695

Videotape testimony of Joseph W., who was born in Chrzanów, Poland in 1927. He recalls in great detail his life in a close, extended Hasidic family; attending Jewish school; German invasion; traveling with his uncle and mother to Kraków (his father and older brother remained and perished); bombardments; traveling to Przemyśl; his friend's murder by a German soldier for stealing bread; smuggling themselves to the Soviet zone; living in Zvur; his bar mitzvah attended only by his uncle; evacuation by the Soviet Army to Korostylëvka; moving to Kzyl-Orda; living with a Russian couple; attending school (his mother worked in a rice factory); declining an offer to study in Moscow fearing he could not return home; antisemitic Russians; religious observances by their Jewish community; food shortages; his uncle's death from typhoid; war's end; their return to Kraków via Płaszów; trying to smuggle a Polish boy in with them; reunion with a cousin; living in Podgórze; witnessing the murder of a Jewish couple by Poles; their emigration to Australia via Paris and Marseille; and emigration to the United States to join an uncle (an aunt and cousins had preceded them). Mr. W. shows photographs.

W., Joseph, 1927-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
December 23, 1993.
Chrzanów (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Przemyśl (Poland)
Zvur (Ukraine)
Korostylëvka (Ukraine)
Qyzylorda (Kazakhstan)
Płaszów (Poland)
Podgórze (Kraków, Poland)
Paris (France)
Marseille (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2695). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.