Jiri R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1510) interviewed by Beatrice Harrison and Rivie Zeiler
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1990
- Interview Date
- April 25, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jiri R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1510). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jiri R., who was born in S̆tĕnovice, Czechoslovakia in 1927. He recalls being the only Jewish boy in town; cordial relations with non-Jews; German annexation in March 1939; expulsion from school, being shunned by friends, and confiscation of the family business; orders to report to Plzeň in January 1942; deportation to Theresienstadt; working in the carpentry shop; his father working in the police and his mother in the police kitchen; constant hunger; sham improvements during a Red Cross visit; deportation with his father to Auschwitz in September 1944; separation upon arrival; volunteering for carpentry work; transfer to Gleiwitz; slave labor twelve hours daily repairing train cars; a death march to Blechhammer; disappearance of the guards; arrival of the French Red Cross, then Soviet troops; draft into the Soviet army; discharge in May 1945; returning home; working as a carpenter and attending school; Czech military service; marriage; his daughter's birth; a family vacation to Italy in 1968; deciding not to return after the Soviet takeover; and emigration to the United States. Mr. R. notes being the sole survivor of his parents' extended families (fourteen siblings) and never having previously shared his story.