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David and Sonia F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-185) interviewed by Laurel Vlock,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-185

Videotape testimony of David F., who was born in Rokiskis, Lithuania, in 1916, and his wife, Sonia who was born in Šiauliai, Lithuania, in 1919. Mr. and Mrs. F. speak of their respective prewar lives; their feelings of relative freedom under Russian occupation; their marriage in 1941; and their flight from and return to Šiauliai during the German occupation. They describe the ghettoization of Šiauliai and subsequent deportations of children and older people; the evacuation of the ghetto and their deportation, along with Mrs. F.'s family, to Stutthof; and their separation in Stutthof. Mrs. F. tells of conditions in the camp; her belief that it was the presence of her mother and other family members which gave her the strength to continue; her liberation by the Russians; her recovery from typhus; her premonitory dream of news from Mr. F.; and her reunion with him. Mr. F. speaks of his slave labor in Altötting, a sub-camp of Dachau; his liberation, in Waldkirchen, by the Americans; and his reunion with his wife. Throughout their testimony, Mr. and Mrs. F. express their contrasting perspectives, then and now, on the topics of hope, survival, and faith.

F., David, 1916-1980
Norfolk, Va. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
February 19, 1980.
Rokiškis (Lithuania)
Šiauliai (Lithuania)
Waldkirchen (Germany)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David and Sonia F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-185). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.