Stephen J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2915) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
- Interview Date
- 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.
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.