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Yitzhak F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3250) interviewed by Levana Frank and Anita Tarsi

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3250

Videotape testimony of Yitzhak F., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1916, the oldest of five children. He recalls his father's sock business; German invasion; traveling to Warsaw with his father; returning to Łódź; his mother and sisters going to Warsaw (he never saw them again); ghettoization; forced labor; functions of the Judenrat; deportations; encountering Ḥayim Rumkowski; moving to avoid deportations; arrest; deportation to Częstochowa, then Skarżysko three weeks later; slave labor in camp A; transfer to Częstochowa; slave labor in the HASAG Pelzery munitions factory; a severe beating; transfer to Buchenwald; forming a supportive group with friends from Łódź; slave labor clearing bombing rubble in Weimar; train transfer to Theresienstadt during which most died; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; hospitalization in Theresienstadt and Litoměřice until autumn; assistance from the Joint; traveling to Łódź seeking relatives; learning no one survived; living in displaced persons camps in Kassel and Bad Reichenhall; marriage; and emigration to Israel in 1949. Mr. F. discusses camp and ghetto conditions; always believing he would survive; numbness; observing Yom Kippur in camp once; discussing his experiences with his grandchildren more than his children; and testifying at the trial of Günther Fuchs in Hannover.

Author/Creator
F., Yitzhak, 1916-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
June 24, 1991.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yitzhak F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3250). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.