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Raymond F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1595) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Linda Pasternak

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1595

Videotape testimony of Raymond F., who was born in Kazimierza Wielka, Poland in 1924, one of six children. He recalls attending public school; antisemtic harassment; German invasion; his father's appointment as head of the Judenrat; forced labor; killings of Jews; bringing a message to the Miechów ghetto and food to Jews in Słomniki; the mayor warning his father all Jews were to be killed; the family hiding in several places with non-Jews; learning his mother had been shot; hearing a mass killing; escaping to Kraków with his brother; entering the ghetto; volunteering for forced labor elsewhere since they were "illegal"; transfer to Płaszów; finding his father, sister, and her husband; running a tailoring factory; separation from his brother (he never saw him again); his sister's suicide; a death march to Auschwitz, then Gleiwitz in January 1945; observing Dresden's bombing during train transport to Oranienburg; transfer to Flossenbürg, then Plattling; escaping from a death march in Traunstein with his father in April; liberation; learning a friend he thought had been killed survived; and emigration from Altötting displaced persons camp to the United States in 1945 (his father remained in Germany). Mr. F. discusses details of camp and ghetto life and recently returning to Poland when their landlady returned his mother's candlestick. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
F., Raymond, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
May 20, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Raymond F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1595). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.