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Isaac A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-60) interviewed by Dori Laub and Laurel Vlock,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-60

Videotape testimony of Rabbi Isaac A., who was born in Galicia, Poland and grew up in the city of Drohobych. He speaks of the prevalence of antisemitism in Poland; the unwillingness of the Jews to perceive the Germans as dangerous; and his and his father's activities as rabbis and spiritual counselors in Boryslav/Drohobych after the German occupation. He details the miraculous survival of his father, who was protected by his fellow prisoners in Buchenwald because he was a rabbi; his own experiences in the Płaszów ghetto--slave labor in an oil refinery, hiding in a bunker, being caught and tortured by the Germans; his deportation to Auschwitz and then to Mauthausen and its sub-camp Gusen, where he worked in the quarries; and the miracles which enabled him to survive. Throughout his testimony, Rabbi A. stresses the ubiquity and significance of religious faith and observance during the German occupation, in the concentration camps, and in the post-Holocaust era.

A., Isaac, 1920-
Hartford, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1979
Interview Date
December 2, 1979.
Drohobych (Ukraine)
Boryslav (Ukraine)
Galicia (Poland and Ukraine)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isaac A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-60). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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