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Yaakov E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3371)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3371

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.

Author/Creator
E., Yaakov, 1904-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
June 19, 1992.
Language
Yiddish
Copies
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.