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Jack O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-713) interviewed by Harold Cronson and Debbie Weinberg,

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    Videotape testimony of Jack O., who was born in Sierpc, Poland in 1924, one of six children. He recalls his family's poverty; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; ghettoization in Sierpc, then Warsaw; escaping back to Sierpc; transfer to another ghetto, then Mława; transport to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from his family; slave labor collecting corpses; sterilization; contact with his father; receiving food from him; assignment to a bricklayer's school; castration on one side in Josef Mengele's "experimental" hospital and, a year later, on the other side; a privileged position sorting clothing of arriving prisoners, then cooking for an SS officer; delivering water to Kommandant Höss's residence; receiving food from his wife; affection for a female prisoner; wearing civilian clothing under his uniform at evacuation; escaping; joining six other escapees; being caught; escaping again; liberation by Soviet troops; living in Kraków; returning to Sierpc, seeking relatives (none of his family had survived); warnings of AK violence against Jews; traveling to Katowice, then Breslau; abusing alcohol to deal with his sorrow; interpreting for the Soviets interrogating Nazis as a form of revenge; rejection by the woman from Auschwitz; living in Marburg displaced persons camp; engagement to another survivor; corrective surgery in Paris; abandonment by his fiancée; emigration to join relatives in the United States; a "messy" divorce after twenty-one years of marriage; and finding a writer to tell his story.
    O., Jack, 1924-
    Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
    Interview Date
    January 18, 1986.
    Wrocław (Poland)
    Katowice (Poland)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Sierpc (Poland : Powiat)
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Jack O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-713). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Cronson, Harold, interviewer.
    Weinberg, Debbie, interviewer.
    Related publication: '80629' : a Mengele experiment / Gene Church. -- Albuquerque, NM : Route 66 Pub., c1996.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 51 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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