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Jack M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1555) interviewed by Michael Alpert and Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1555

Videotape testimony of Jack M., who was born in Szydłowiec, Poland in 1913. He recalls attending cheder, then public school; visiting his grandmother in Chlewiska; apprenticeship as a tailor at age fourteen; working in Warsaw; military service in Skierniewice from 1937 to 1939; German invasion; one brother fleeing to the Soviet zone (he perished); slave labor in Jósefów; ghettoization; hiding during round-ups; his family's deportation; incarceration in Wolanów, Skarżysko-Kamienna, Sulejów, Laura, Dachau, Buchenwald, and Allach; slave labor in HASAG factories; liberation from an evacuation train; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; hearing from his uncle through the Red Cross; and emigration to the United States. Mr. M. discusses details of prewar life; some guards who helped him; the deaths of his entire family; and a 1980 trip to Poland. He sings songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Polish.

Author/Creator
M., Jack, 1913-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
June 20 and July 17, 1990.
Locale
Poland
Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Chlewiska (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Skierniewice (Poland)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1555). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.