Yitzhak P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3378) interviewed by Anita Tarsi,
Videotape testimony of Yitzhak P., who was born in 1906 in Recklinghausen, Germany, the oldest of four children. He recounts his father's service in World War I; living briefly under French occupation; participating in Maccabi; his father's death in 1928; emigration of two brothers to Palestine in 1930; working on a Zionist training farm in Neuendorf; anti-Jewish boycotts; his mother's paralysis; working in Gelsenkirchen; losing his job after Kristallnacht; forced labor in Paderborn; his mother's death in 1941; deportation to Auschwitz; slave labor in Buna/Monowitz; sharing extra food received from a German guard with other prisoners; hospitalization; a prisoner nurse (Arthur P.) saving his life; carrying a fellow prisoner during a death march to Gleiwitz; being loaded on open freight trains; bringing water to several boxcars while stopped; being rerouted from outside Mauthausen to another camp; Allied bombings; abandonment by the guards; assistance from locals; traveling with other survivors to Berlin, then Ravensbrück; meeting the Jewish Brigade; moving to a kibbutz; traveling with the Brigade to Eindhoven; smuggling Jews from Germany to Antwerp; emigration by ship to Palestine via Marseille; interdiction by the British; incarceration in ʻAtlit for two weeks; reunion with his brothers; marriage; the births of his daughters; and receiving reparations from Germany. Mr. P. discusses group solidarity of German prisoners in the camps, and visiting Recklinghausen in 1962 to erect a monument for his family. He shows photographs.
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- July 22, 1992 and August 6, 1992.
Recklinghausen (Münster, Germany)
Ruhr (Germany : Region)
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Yitzhak P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3378). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.