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Israel R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2112) interviewed by David Herman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2112

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    Videotape testimony of Israel R., who was born in Piotrków, Poland in 1927, one of nine children. He recalls attending Polish school and cheder; his family's orthodoxy; German invasion; one older sister leaving for the Soviet Union; his father being rounded-up and beaten; his return and death; ghettoization; forced factory labor outside the ghetto; obtaining extra food for his family; being detained in the factory; learning almost the entire town was deported to Treblinka, including his family; feeling he lived in a ghost town; transfer to Skarżysko; slave labor in a munitions factory; hospitalization; a prisoner warning him of a pending liquidation; leaving despite his health; assistance from the camp doctor; joining a group that fashioning a shofar and prayed; a public hanging; transfer to Buchenwald; improved conditions; slave labor in Schlieben; briefly escaping after a bombing; recapture; a local farmer giving him food; transfer to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; being taken to England; learning tailoring; marriage in 1950; and raising his family. Mr. R. discusses learning his older sister had survived in the Soviet Union (she lives in Israel); maintaining his religious beliefs; and the importance of his children and grandchildren. He shows photographs and artifacts.
    R., Israel, 1927-
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
    Interview Date
    September 16, 1992.
    Piotrków Trybunalski
    Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland)
    Cite As
    Israel R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2112). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 23 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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