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Felix U. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2564) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2564

Videotape testimony of Felix U., who was born in Krzeszów, Poland in 1917, one of eight children. He recalls attending cheder and public school until sixth grade; antisemitic harassment; his bar mitzvah; participation in a Zionist youth group; joining his brother's tailor shop in Warsaw in 1935; vacationing at home in August 1939; German invasion; destruction of their house by German shelling; staying with a non-Jewish friend; brief Soviet occupation; German re-occupation; random shootings of Jews; forced labor on a nearby farm in 1942; weekly visits to his family; his mother urging him to escape; a round-up; escaping with a friend to a forest; moving frequently and begging for food for nine weeks; a farmer offering to hide him; helping with the farm work; leaving after he was seen; hiding with another family for six weeks; return to the farm; liberation by Soviet troops in August 1944; returning home; living with friends; being attacked by the Armia Krajowa; moving to Łódź, Kraków, then Turin; living in a displaced persons camp; meeting his future wife; the Red Cross locating relatives in Paris; joining his uncle there; marriage; his daughter's birth; and emigration to join relatives in the United States in 1950. Mr. U. notes his immediate family were all killed, and attributes his survival to luck. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
U., Felix, 1917-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
June 17, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Felix U. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2564). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296867
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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