Yaakov M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3820)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
- Interview Date
- January 11, 1996 and January 18, 1996.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Yaakov M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3820). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Yaakov M., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1925, one of two children. He recounts his family's affluence; attending a Polish school, then a Katzenelson school and summer camp; antisemitic harassment of orthodox Jews; volunteering in a civil defense corps during the German invasion; forced labor; a German assisting his father receive payment for his store merchandise; ghettoization; receiving food from the same German; attending a school and a haschshara in Marysin; slave labor in a shoe factory, then a printing factory; receiving extra food from the manager when a songwriter among them wrote songs (he sings one of them); hiding with his family during round-ups; their deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in 1944; separation from his family; trading his shoes to a kapo for food; transfer to Friedland; slave labor in an airplane propeller factory; Italian POWs, believing he was Italian, giving him food, cigarettes, and a coat; working in the kitchen; throwing food to fellow prisoners; a religious prisoner refusing to eat bread during Passover; making and obtaining weapons to resist if there was a liquidation; assistance from a German guard; abandonment by the Germans; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Czechoslovakia, then back to Friedland; traveling to Łódź with a group; one of them being killed en route by Poles; assisting with Jewish emigration to Palestine; emigration to Israel in 1958; and the birth of a son. Mr. M. discusses the deaths of almost his entire family in the Holocaust. He shows photographs.