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Jack R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1745) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1745

Videotape testimony of Jack R., who was born in Rīga, Latvia in 1925. He recalls a wonderful prewar life; Soviet occupation in 1940; his older brother joining the Soviet military; German invasion in 1941; anti-Jewish violence by Latvians; ghettoization in fall 1941; forced labor; mass killings including his mother and brothers; slave labor with his father sorting possessions of the murdered Jews; the Jewish council and police; arrival of Jews from western Europe; his father's transfer to Lenta in 1943; joining him; encountering a cousin; transfer to Salispils, then back to Lenta; a public hanging of escapees and their parents; boat transfer to Gdánsk (Danzig), then Stutthof; beatings and killings; transfer to a labor camp; a death march; pooling food and resources with his father and cousin; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Lieg̓i; fleeing the Soviets; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp and Munich; his father's remarriage; emigration to the United States in 1947; bringing his father and stepmother to the United States in 1949; marriage; and establishing a business and family. Mr. R. discusses sharing his story with his children and students. He shows photographs, a ring he kept throughout the camps, and a book which includes his story.

Author/Creator
R., Jack, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
January 28, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1745). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4317663
Record last modified: 2013-11-11 13:55:00
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