Chaim F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2368) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 14, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Chaim F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2368). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Chaim F., who was born in Tuszyn, Poland in 1930. He recalls his family living there for ten generations; their orthodoxy; antisemitism; a large extended family; German invasion; forced relocation to Piotrków three months later; ghettoization; his bar mitzvah; slave labor in a glass factory; separation from his mother and sister (he never saw them again); remaining with his father and brother; their transfer to Piotrków, Buchenwald, then Dora in early 1944; a privileged position distributing food; sharing extra food with his father and brother; transfer to Nordhausen, then Herzog; obtaining extra food from a friend; his father's death in 1945; an SS man letting him go when he was caught smuggling food; he and a friend helping each other; train transport and a death march to Theresienstadt; he and a friend helping his brother; separation from his brother; liberation by Soviet troops; throwing a German into the river for revenge (he did not drown); reunion with his brother; transfer to Windermere, England via Prague in August; and living in a hostel. Mr. F. discusses his close relationship with his brother; the importance of luck to his survival; the effects of starvation; pervasive painful memories of his losses; and becoming hardened by his experiences.