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Marian F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1781) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Lilian Sicular,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1781

Videotape testimony of Marian F., who was born in Warsaw, Poland, the youngest of seven children. He recalls graduating from gymnasium; studying piano at the conservatory; German invasion in September 1939; fleeing with his brother, sister, and her husband to Soviet-occupied Lʹviv; graduating from conservatory; German invasion in June 1941; returning to his family in the Warsaw ghetto; playing in a ghetto orchestra; forced labor outside the ghetto; smuggling food; his father's disappearance in August 1942 (he never saw him again); deportation of his mother and sister in January 1943; obtaining false papers from a non-Jew for him and his brother, hoping to escape; participating in the 1943 ghetto uprising; deportation with his brother to Majdanek; public hangings; pointless slave labor; beatings resulting in permanent injuries, for which he receives reparation payments; avoiding selections with assistance from others; transfer to Skarżysko-Kamienna; slave labor in a munitions factory; helping his brother; assistance from a Polish supervisor; his former professor sending food, clothing, and money through the supervisor; transfer to Buchenwald, then Schleiben in summer 1944; slave labor in a munitions factory; assistance from a German supervisor; sabotaging their work; transfer to Bautzen; a death march to Mikulášovice; abandonment by the guards; and liberation by Polish troops on May 8, 1945. Mr. F. notes many Jews and non-Jews who helped him survive, and sending his former professor and German supervisor money from the United States. He shows photographs and documents.

F., Marian, 1917-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 14, 1991.
Warsaw (Poland)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Mikulášovice (Czech Republic)
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marian F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1781). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.