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Jakub R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2984) interviewed by Jean-Michel Chaumont and Rina Margos

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2984

Videotape testimony of Jakub R., who was born in 1926 in Łódź, Poland. He describes his father's active participation in the Bund; good personal relations with Germans and Poles despite public, antisemitic incidents; German invasion in September 1939; synagogue burnings and round-ups; formation of the Judenrat headed by Mordecai Rumkowski; ghettoization in spring 1940; belonging to a group which tried to sabotage work done for Germans; his father's death; relationships between national groups; hiding during round-ups; deportation with his family to Birkenau as part of a Siemens factory; seeing prisoners pray on Yom Kippur; obtaining extra food from a prisoner in Canada Kommando; bringing food and clothing to his mother and sister (they did not survive); transfer with his brother to Lieberose in October 1944; help from German political prisoners after a severe beating; his brother's transfer (he never saw him again); a death march to Sachsenhausen; transfer to Mauthausen, then Gusen; and liberation by United States troops. Mr R. discusses the importance of hope, luck, and sociability to his survival; relations between ethnic and political groups in the ghetto and camps; and his overwhelming sadness at liberation upon realizing he was alone.

Author/Creator
R., Jakub, 1926-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
Interview Date
May 27, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jakub R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2984). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4289938
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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