Yitzhak F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3250) interviewed by Levana Frank and Anita Tarsi
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- June 24, 1991.
- 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.
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.