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Jack M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-379) interviewed by Sylvia Abrams

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-379

Videotape testimony of Jack M., who was born in 1924, the youngest of eight children. He recounts living in Miechów, Poland; his family's orthodoxy and Zionism; recovering from polio in 1935; antisemitic harassment; German invasion in September 1939; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization in 1941; the role of the Judenrat; forced labor making German uniforms; smuggling out to get food; round-up to a train in 1942; a Polish neighbor bringing him water; he and two brothers arriving at Prokocim; slave labor; transfer with one brother to Płaszów, Oskar Schindler's factory, Wieliezka, then back to Płaszów; exhuming mass graves; transfer with his brother to Gross-Rosen, then Brünnlitz; Schindler's speech prior to liberation; the prisoners assisting Schindler's escape; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home with his brother; going to Kraków daily; learning Jewish survivors had been killed by Poles; traveling to Reichenbach; assistance from the Joint; organizing a tailoring cooperative; marriage; and emigration to Israel, then to the United States in 1963. Mr. M. discusses many details of camp life; the importance of his brother to his survival; and not sharing his experiences with his wife or children.

M., Jack, 1924-
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
December 3, 1984.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-379). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.