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Naftali F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2967) interviewed by Leo Spitzer and Marianne Hirsch,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2967

Videotape testimony of Naftali F., who was born in Chrzanów, Poland in 1924, the youngest of nine children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; attending a Polish-Jewish school; his bar mitzvah; membership in Gordonyah; siblings emigrating to Palestine, Bolivia, and Netherlands; German invasion in 1939; one brother's flight to Soviet-occupied territory; deportation in 1942 to Sakrau, Ottmuth, then Gogolin; slave labor building a highway; factory work with British POWs; transfer to Markstädt in 1943; slave labor in a Krupp facility; learning his parents had been deported (he never saw them again); transfer to Fünfteichen, Wolfsberg, then Ebensee in winter 1944; slave labor digging underground tunnels; resigning himself to death; receiving extra food from German civilian workers; clearing bombing rubble in Graz; liberation by United States troops in May 1945; hospitalization in Bad Ischl; traveling to Italy, intending to emigrate to Palestine; reunion with a cousin in Civitavecchia; his brother in Bolivia arranging emigration papers for him; obtaining them in Rome; a six-week visit with his aunt in New York en route to Bolivia; volunteering for military service in Israel; returning to Bolivia; and contacts with Klaus Barbie. Mr. F. notes his continuing animosity toward Germans.

Author/Creator
F., Naftali, 1924-
Published
La Paz, Bolivia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 16, 1995.
Locale
Poland
Chrzanów (Poland)
Graz (Austria)
Bad Ischl (Austria)
Civitavecchia (Italy)
Rome (Italy)
New York (N.Y.)
Israel
Language
Spanish
Copies
4 copies: Hi8 master; 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Naftali F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2967). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.