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Isidor M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-372) interviewed by Peggy Nathan,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-372

Videotape testimony of Isidor M., who was born in approximately 1916, the oldest of four children. He recounts living in Przytyk, Poland; his family's orthodoxy; working as a shoemaker in the family business; anti-Jewish violence in March 1936; German invasion in 1939; forced labor; forced relocation with his family to Radom; ghettoization; smuggling himself to a village; transfer to a city; escaping to the village with a friend; hiding with three cousins for three months; a Pole helping him return to Radom; joining his family; his father's death; slave labor in a nearby camp, then in Blizyn; being forced to dig a grave and witness an execution; transfer a year later to a camp near Kraków, then to Mauthausen and Melk; slave labor; transfer to Ebensee; liberation by United States troops; assistance from the Red Cross; transfer to a sanatorium in Italy; traveling to Bari; learning his mother and sister were in Czechoslovakia; traveling to Rome, then Prague; learning his mother had left for Germany; traveling by train to join her; arrest by Soviets as a "collaborator"; imprisonment for four weeks with German POWs; escaping; joining a group organized for illegal immigration to Palestine; traveling with them to Budapest, then Salzburg; traveling by himself to join his mother and siblings in Feldafing displaced persons camp; marriage to a survivor in 1947; his daughter's birth; and emigration from Hamburg to the United States in 1949 with assistance from the Joint. Mr. M. discusses details of camp life; recently meeting a friend from the camps; and nightmares resulting from his experiences.

Author/Creator
M., Isidor, 1916?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
October 29, 1984.
Locale
Poland
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Soviet Union
Przytyk (Poland)
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Bari (Italy)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Rome (Italy)
Budapest (Hungary)
Salzburg (Austria)
Hamburg (Germany)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isidor M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-372). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.