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Itzchak H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3481) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak and Levana Frank,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3481

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    Videotape testimony of Itzchak H., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1929, the sixth of seven children. He recounts his family's Hasidism; attending cheder and public school; his family's Zionism; his mother' death in 1938; German invasion; ghettoization; living with his younger sister in a children's home starting in June 1940; a Zionist leader, Shalom K., giving them hope; returning with his sister to his family in October 1942; obtaining food for his family; many deaths from hunger and disease; being slapped by Mordecai Rumkowski, head of the ghetto, when asking for food for his brother; his brother's hospitalization (he was deported and killed); his older sister's death; brief hospitalization for typhus; deportation with his brother, sister, and father to Auschwitz/Birkenau in August 1944; separation from his sister and father; observing prisoners praying with tefilin; assistance from a doctor; his brother's transfer; living in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager) with Shalom K. from the orphanage; hiding during selections; smuggling himself into a transport to Braunschweig with a cousin and Shalom K.; slave labor in a truck factory; a public hanging; a march to Watenstedt two months later; train transfer to Ravensbrück, then Wöbbelin; abandonment by the Germans; liberation by United States troops; walking to Neustadt; transfer to several locations by U.S. troops; hospitalization in Lübeck; transfer by the Red Cross to Trelleborg, Sweden; Shalom K. joining his group; forming a kibbutz; obtaining permits to emigrate to Palestine; emigration there in 1946 via Stockholm, Helsingborg, Calais, and Marseille; meeting his future wife en route; living on a kibbutz; military service in the Israel-Arab War; joining a group to establish a new kibbutz; and marriage. Mr. H. sings songs from the ghetto and the Zionist youth group.
    H., Itzchak, 1929-
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
    Interview Date
    September 22, 1992.
    Łódź (Poland)
    Neustadt in Holstein (Germany)
    Lübeck (Germany)
    Trelleborg (Sweden)
    Stockholm (Sweden)
    Helsingborg (Sweden)
    Calais (France)
    Marseille (France)
    Cite As
    Itzchak H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3481). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Frank, Levana, interviewer.
    Beyrak, Nathan, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.
    Related material: Shalom K. Holocaust testimony [friend](HVT-3385), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (7 hr., 5 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Hospitals in Jewish ghettos.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Łódź. Jewish ghettos--Songs and music. Forced labor. Brothers. Concentration camp inmates--Religious life. Concentration camp inmates--Family relationships. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949. Poland. Łódź (Poland) Neustadt in Holstein (Germany) Lübeck (Germany) Trelleborg (Sweden) Stockholm (Sweden) Helsingborg (Sweden) Calais (France) Marseille (France) Palestine--Emigration and immigration. Oral histories (document genres) H., Itzchak,--1929- Rumkowski, Mordecai Ḥayim. Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Braunschweig (Concentration camp) Ravensbrück (Concentration camp) Wöbbelin (Concentration camp) International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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