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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.

F., Yosef, 1921-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
December 5, 1996.
Iași (Romania)
Bukovina (Romania and Ukraine)
Bucharest (Romania)
Târgu Frumos (Romania)
Stamora Română (Romania)
Călărași (Moldova)
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.