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Isak and Ann F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2611) interviewed by James Maidhof and Jill Maidhof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2611

Videotape testimony of Isak F., who was born in Wolbrom, Poland in 1922. He recounts his father's death when he was a baby; his mother supporting four children; her remarriage when he was ten; studying and working in Będzin and Łódź beginning in 1936; returning home in summer 1939; German invasion; capture by SS men (he never saw his family again); slave labor in Rzeszów for a year; transfer to Płaszów, Wieliczka, Klinker, Flossenbürg, Bergen-Belsen, Sachsenhausen, Colmar, Hamburg, and Bergen,Belsen; escaping with a Soviet POW; capture; imprisonment in Hamburg; transfer to Sandbostel POW camp; becoming very ill; friends trying to save him; liberation by British troops; hospitalization; living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; meeting his future wife (she joins him); assistance from the Joint; living in Bad Nauheim; emigration to the United States in 1946; assistance from HIAS; and marriage. Mr. F. discusses many incidents of camp life; Jews and non-Jews who helped him survive; taking chances by often volunteering in camps; and still suffering from the loss of his entire family. Ann F. notes their good fortune in living in and raising their children in the United States.

Author/Creator
F., Isak, 1922-
Published
Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
July 5, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isak and Ann F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2611). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.