John F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3147) interviewed by Steven Gonzer and Rose Magel
- Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1995
- Interview Date
- May 25, 1995.
- 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.
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.