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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.
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.