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Josef R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3180) interviewed by Barbara Engelking-Boni,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3180

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    Videotape testimony of Josef R., who was born in Krzeszowice, Poland in 1921 and grew up in Kraków. He recalls a comfortable childhood, attending secular and religious schools; cordial relations with non-Jews; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; ending his education due to Jewish quotas; German invasion; fleeing to Tarnobrzeg with his parents; their return to Kraków; forced resettlement in Borek Szlachecki, Borek Fałęcki, and Samborek; hospitalization with assistance from a non-Jewish physician; joining his parents in Prokocim; forced labor for a German railroad company; ghettoization in Kraków; round-ups, selections, and deportations; smuggling food; working at a military factory; transfer to Płaszów in March 1943; surviving execution by Amon Goeth (he was left for dead); prisoners hiding him during a six week recovery; public hangings and executions by Goeth; evacuation to Częstochowa; assignment to the kitchen; smuggling food; liberation by Soviet troops; return to Kraków; resuming his studies; working in a clothing cooperative; marriage; and testifying at Goeth's trial. Mr. R. discusses present fears arising from his experiences. He notes his survival was due to luck and that only one of his relatives survived.
    R., Josef, 1921-
    Kraków, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
    Interview Date
    May 13, 1995.
    Prokocim (Kraków, Poland)
    Krzeszowice (Poland)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Borek Szlachecki (Poland)
    Borek Fałęcki (Poland)
    Samborek (Poland)
    Tarnobrzeg (Poland)
    Cite As
    Josef R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3180). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Engelking, Barbara, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Polish.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 30 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mass killings.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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