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Yosef F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3875)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3875

Videotape testimony of Yosef F., who was born in Iași, Romania in 1921, the older of two brothers. He recounts his elaborate bar mitzvah; cordial relations with non-Jews; summer vacations in Bukovina; visiting an uncle in Bucharest; antisemitism in the late 1930s; completing lyceum in 1940; teaching Latin; forced labor for the Romanian military; round-up with his family to the police station in 1941; his mother's release; deportation in crowded trains to Tîrgu Frumos; being beaten by a police officer; continuing to Stamora Română; jumping from the train en route to obtain water; sharing it with his brother and father; many deaths, including his father and brother; an official, who had been their landlord, pulling him aside; continuing to Călărași; assistance from local Jews; forced labor clearing trees; their return to Iași in September; the painful reunion with his mother, informing her of the deaths of his father and brother; a non-Jewish schoolmate bringing him bread; and various forced labor assignments. Mr. F. discusses testifying against a neighbor who had pointed out Jews during the round-up. He shows a drawing he made of himself on the deportation train.

Author/Creator
F., Yosef, 1921-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
December 5, 1996.
Locale
Romania
Iași
Iași (Romania)
Bukovina (Romania and Ukraine)
Bucharest (Romania)
Târgu Frumos (Romania)
Stamora Română (Romania)
Călărași (Moldova)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yosef F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3875). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.