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Jacob R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3226) interviewed by Henri Borlant

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3226

Videotape testimony of Jacob R., who was born in Dobromylʹ, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Ukraine) in 1906. He recalls speaking Yiddish and German at home; his mother's death; his father's service in the first World War; abuse by Russian forces; becoming part of Poland after the war; antisemitism; moving to Berlin in 1926; the emigration of two siblings to Palestine; living in Ostende and Antwerp; expulsion because he was Polish; moving to Barcelona; burying dead from the civil war; moving to Paris in April 1939; German invasion; traveling to Orléans, Bordeaux, and Toulouse; arrest in 1941; incarceration in Recebedou, Le Vernet, and Drancy; a cousin bringing him food; deportation to Birkenau in 1942; transfer to Jawischowitz; slave labor in a coal mine; a Polish civilian worker bringing him extra food; breaking his leg; transfer to the hospital in Auschwitz; prisoner doctors treating him and allowing a long recovery period; transfer to Buna/Monowitz in March 1944; a death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; traveling in open railcars to Buchenwald; transfer to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Lyon; reunion with his cousin's non-Jewish wife (his cousin did not return); and their marriage. Mr. R. discusses continuing medical problems resulting from his broken leg; his wife's deportation for hiding Jews; considering himself religious, as is his son; and difficulties obtaining French citizenship.

Author/Creator
R., Jacob, 1906-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1995
Interview Date
February 13, 1995.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacob R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3226). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.