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Abraham F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3382) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3382

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    Videotape testimony of Abraham F., who was born in Łomża, Poland in 1919. He recalls his Hasidic family; attending law school in Warsaw; being drafted into the Polish military in 1939; antisemitic incidents; German invasion; imprisonment in a POW camp; returning to Soviet-occupied Łomża; fleeing to L'viv with a Zionist group; their unsuccessful escape attempt; organizing a kibbutz in Vilna in 1940; bringing his brother there; working in a Jewish theater in Kovno; German invasion; an unsuccessful escape attempt; ghettoization; his underground activities; volunteering for a labor camp to join his fiancee; deportation to Stutthof, Flossenbürg, Dachau, and Landsberg in winter 1942; sharing food with his fiancee's brothers; slave labor; assistance from a German foreman; and transfer to Litoměřice. Mr. F. recounts assistance from a Czech farmer; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; recovering in a Czech hospital; working for Beriḥah in Vienna; reunion with his fiancee in Wels displaced persons camp; marriage in Munich; working for Sokhnut; assistance from UNRRA and the Joint; and emigration to the United States in 1949. He notes the importance of faith to his survival.
    F., Abraham, 1919-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
    Interview Date
    June 17, 1996.
    Łomża (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    L'viv (Ukraine)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Abraham F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3382). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rudof, Joanne Weiner, interviewer.
    Associated material: Esther F. Holocaust testimony [wife] (HVT-3383), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 24 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Soviet occupation.
    Zionist organizations.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Draft--Poland. Prisoners of war--Germany. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Lithuania--Kaunas. Faith. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Lithuania. World War, 1939-1945--Jewish resistance. Forced labor. Poland. Łomża (Poland) Warsaw (Poland) L'viv (Ukraine) Łódź (Poland) Vilnius (Lithuania) Oral histories (document genres) Kaunas (Lithuania) Vienna (Austria) Munich (Germany) Refugee camps. F., Abraham,--1919- Beriḥah (Organization) Jewish Agency for Palestine. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Stutthof (Concentration camp) Flossenbürg (Concentration camp) Dachau (Concentration camp) Landsberg (Concentration camp) Litoměřice (Concentration camp)

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