Jacob H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-486) interviewed by Sidney Elsner
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- August 29, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacob H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-486). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jacob H., who was born in Oświęcim, Poland in approximately 1924, one of five children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; cordial relations with non-Jews; his mother's death a month prior to his bar mitzvah; German invasion; fleeing with his father by train to Kraków, then walking east; their return home; forced labor cleaning barracks, then at German police headquarters; two German soldiers offering him papers as a non-Jew; his father's refusal to prevent their separation; moving with his father to Chrzanów in early 1941 with assistance from a non-Jewish friend; deportation in his father's place to Wiesau; slave labor building roads, then as a bricklayer; transfer to Sakrau, another camp, then Klettendorf; assignment to a farm; obtaining extra food; transfer to Freiburg; a German worker leaving bread for him daily for six months; transfer to Waldenburg; obtaining extra food as a bricklayer; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; returning home briefly; reunion with a sister in Germany (his only surviving family); working for UNRRA; marriage; his son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. H. discusses the role of the Judenrat in Oświęcim; remaining with one friend throughout his experiences; learning the farm where he worked was owned by Erhard Milch and corresponding with him; visiting Oświęcim in 1979; transferring his grandfather's gravestone to the United States; and attending survivor gatherings. He shows photographs.