Jacques J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2823) interviewed by Henri Borlant and Rachel Wieviorka
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
- Interview Date
- November 26, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacques J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2823). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jacques J., who was born in Tustanovitse, Poland in 1923. He recalls attending high school in Drohobych; the outbreak of war; Soviet occupation; German invasion on June 22, 1941; unsuccessfully attempting to escape to the Soviet Union; local Ukrainians killing Jews; forced labor with his father in an oil refinery in Boryslaw; deportation of his mother and sister (he never saw them again); liquidation of the Jewish quarter; hiding with his father during a round-up;, their discovery; his father's deportation (he perished in Janowska); bringing food to Jews hiding in bunkers; deportation to Płaszów in April 1944; quarry work; transfer to Mauthausen in August 1944, and three weeks later to Birkenau; slave labor in the Charlottengrube coal mines; evacuation to Mauthausen, then to Gusen; receiving Red Cross packages; and liberation by United States troops on May 5, 1945. Mr. J. describes walking to a hospital in Linz; traveling to Paris via Nancy in June 1945; locating relatives in Thonon; marriage in 1947; and his career. He discusses his indifference upon liberation knowing that his family had perished; reluctance to discuss his experiences, even with his children, until recently; and his goal of memorializing the Jewish community in Tustanovitse.