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John F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3147) interviewed by Steven Gonzer and Rose Magel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3147

Videotape testimony of John F., who was born in Pruz︠h︡any, Poland (presently Belarus) in 1925. He recalls one brother's military draft in January 1939; brief German invasion in September followed by Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; ghettoization; forced labor; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau when the ghetto was liquidated; separation from his family (he never saw them again); slave labor constructing barracks; a privileged position as the kapo's assistant; assistance from a non-Jewish German prisoner; smuggling food with others; building storage rooms; trading with civilian workers; assistance from a doctor from Pruz︠h︡any when he was beaten; assignment to the Canada Kommando; taking infants from newly arrived prisoners to save them from selection; sorting prisoners' belongings; evacuation to Sachsenhausen, Dachau, then Landsberg; assistance from doctors from Pruz︠h︡any when he was hospitalized; liberation from a death march by United States troops on May 1, 1945; recuperating in Wolfratshausen; and working in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp. Mr. F. discusses belonging to the association of Pruz︠h︡any survivors and shows a photograph.

Author/Creator
F., John, 1925-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1995
Interview Date
May 25, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
John F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3147). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.