Jiri F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3430) interviewed by Eva Lezzi and Vera Stutz-Bischitzky
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
- Interview Date
- May 6, 1996.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jiri F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3430). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jiri F., who was born in Vysoké Mýto, Czechoslovakia (presently Czech Republic) in 1922. He recalls his family's assimilated life; cordial relations with non-Jews; his father's death when he was nine; attending school; bar mitzvah training in Pardubice; German occupation in March 1939; anti-Jewish measures; expulsion from gymnasium in 1940; attending a Jewish gymnasium in Brno until its closure; assistance from non-Jews; forced transfer with his mother and brother to Pardubice; deportation to Theresienstadt in December 1942; working as a children's counselor; deportation of his mother and brother to Auschwitz/Birkenau; volunteering for deportation to join them; traveling in the same freight car as Jacob Edelstein, the Jewish head of Theresienstadt; placement in the family camp; learning his mother and brother had been killed; working in the children's block with Fredy Hirsch; joining the Communist underground; liquidation of the original family camp transport, including three cousins; his close relationship with his aunt; planning a revolt that did not occur; transfer to Schwarzheide in June 1944; slave labor in a factory; being injured in an Allied bombing; hospitalization and surgery; transfer to Sachsenhausen; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home via Prague in July 1945; recovering some family property; confiscation of it by the Communist government; earning a doctorate; marriage; the births of two children; and his career. Mr. F. discusses details of camp life; total dehumanization; and the importance of assistance from fellow prisoners and non-Jews to his survival. He shows photographs.