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Louis F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4104) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4104

Videotape testimony of Louis F., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1930. He recounts his large and close extended family; attending the Katzenelson school; German invasion; fleeing with his parents and brother to the Piotrków ghetto in late 1939; being hidden on a peasant farm from March to June 1941; hiding with his mother and brother with a non-Jewish physician in Warsaw in 1942; joining his father in the ghetto when exposure was imminent; staying in a large bunker; being forced out during the ghetto uprising; separation from his father (all the men were shot); deportation to Lublin (Lipowa 7); he and his brother volunteering at his mother's urging as metal workers; transfer to Budzynn; slave labor; frequent sadistic killings by Kommandant Fieks; kindnesses by the head Jew, Noah Stockman; transfer in May 1944 to Radom; a forced march to Tomaszów Mazowiecki; transfer to Auschwitz, Vaihingen and Kochendorf; a death march; stopping (his brother went on); transfer to a prisoner train from Hessental; Allied bombings; a death march to Allach; liberation; hospitalization; living in a displaced persons camp; reunion with his brother; attending an UNRRA school; emigration to the United States in 1946; and receiving his Ph.D. Mr. F. discusses constant fear of death in Budzyń; the importance to his survival of being with his brother; researching his story; and the loss of his relatives. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
F., Louis, 1930-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2001
Interview Date
April 25, 2001.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Louis F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4104). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.