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Jack T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3766) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3766

Videotape testimony of Jack T., who was born in Bełżyce, Poland in 1930. He recalls German invasion; anti-Jewish violence; his brother's transfer for forced labor; his mother selling their house to "buy back" his brother; being caught in a round-up in October 1942; escaping; finding his brother's body; he and his sisters burying him; deciding not to tell their mother; incarceration in the newly established Bełżyce concentration camp; one sister's deportation; hiding during a mass killing (his mother and other sister were killed); transfer to Budzyń; slave labor for Heinkel; transfer to Wieliczka in February 1944, then to Flossenbürg; slave labor for Messerschmitt; hiding during evacuation; liberation by United States troops; moving to Arles in July 1945; emigration to the United States in 1946; attending school; working in Venezuela; military service in Germany; and becoming a psychiatrist. Mr. T. notes indifference to survivor experiences when he arrived in the United States; recurring images of the camps while posted in Germany; treating survivors (he believes most never had the opportunity to mourn); sharing his experience with his children; visiting Flossenbürg with his daughter and granddaughter; and his belief that survivors can never be "liberated" from their experiences. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
T., Jack, 1930-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library, 1997
Interview Date
July 23, 1997.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3766). 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/4292148
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