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Stephen J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2915) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2915

Videotape testimony of Stephen J., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1939. He recounts his family's move to Piotrków Trybunalski after German occupation; ghettoization; his father's privileged position as a physician; living in a hospital compound; deportation to a labor camp with his parents, brother, and uncles and aunts; transfer to Buchenwald with his father and brother (his mother was sent to Bergen-Belsen); being hidden in the shoemaker's shop with assistance from a German prisoner-physician, then in the tuberculosis barrack; seeing shootings and wagons full of corpses; the prisoner uprising; liberation by United States troops; reunion with his mother; living in displaced persons camps in Switzerland; attending school; and emigrating to the United States. Mr. J. discusses his family's reluctance to discuss the war years; the importance to their survival of his father's profession and help from many prisoners; his father's successful efforts in saving many others; and regrets that his parents' stories were not recorded. He shows photographs.

J., Stephen, 1939-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
Piotrków Trybunalski
Łódź (Poland)
Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stephen J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2915). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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