Yaakov E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3371)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- June 19, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Yaakov E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3371). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Yaakov E., who was born in Częstochowa, Russia (presently Poland) in 1904. He recounts attending Jewish and Polish schools; starvation during World War I; marriage and the births of two children; leaving his family to work in Paris for two years during the Depression; German invasion; ghettoization; his mother's murder by Germans in 1942; burying her; deportation with his wife and children to Treblinka; his selection as a carpenter (his family was killed); sadistic public executions; escaping; assistance from a local non-Jews who brought him to Jewish partisans; fleeing when other non-Jews approached; returning to the Częstochowa ghetto via Warsaw with assistance from non-Jews; marriage to a cousin; slave labor; deportation; escaping from the train; returning to Częstochowa (now a camp); liberation with his wife by Soviet troops; and emigration to Israel in 1949. Mr. E. discusses being brought to Düsseldorf to provide information about Treblinka.