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Franciczek N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3177) interviewed by Barbara Engelking-Boni

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3177

Videotape testimony of Franciczek N., a non-Jew, who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1923. He recalls his parents hiding a Jewish couple immediately after an attack on a cafe frequented by the Germans; his family's active participation in the Armia Krajowa, Polish Underground; the family decision to keep the couple; the woman attending church with his mother; his father obtaining false papers and employment for the couple; smuggling Jews and others to the Czech border; receiving letters threatening to expose them; staging a mock arrest and trial of the blackmailers with other AK members; ceasing their underground activities due to the danger, including sending the couple elsewhere; observing ghetto conditions from a streetcar; a postwar reunion with the Jewish couple his family hid; and receiving the "Righteous Among the Nations" medal in Israel from Yad Vashem at the initiative of the couple. He discusses his regrets that others they helped did not contact them after the war, and other Poles who helped Jews. He shows photographs and letters from the couple in Israel.

Author/Creator
N., Franciczek, 1923-
Published
Kraków, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
May 13, 1995.
Language
Polish
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Franciczek N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3177). 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/4290922
Record last modified: 2014-01-14 15:32:00
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