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Theodore M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4242) interviewed by Harriet Tarnor Wacks and Zelda Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4242

Videotape testimony of Theodore M. who was born in Lʹviv, Poland in 1920. He recalls completing high school; antisemitic violence; German invasion in 1941; escaping from a mass shooting by carrying bodies; obtaining extra food for his uncles from a German woman; his father obtaining work papers for all of them except his mother; hiding during the day; arrest with his parents; incarceration in Janowska; his mother giving him her wedding band (he never saw her again); his father arranging their escapes and for false papers; traveling to Kraków; working as a painter; moving to Częstochowa, fearing exposure; living with a Polish woman; marriage to her in a Catholic church in September 1944 (he told her he was Jewish); communicating with his sister (she was in Germany posing as a non-Jew); reunion with his father and sister after liberation; hearing antisemitic remarks from Poles who did not know he was Jewish; and emigration to the United States. Mr. M. discusses his and his family's loss of faith due to their experiences and identifying himself as a Jew due to his granddaughter. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Theodore, 1920-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 2002
Interview Date
February 27, 2002.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Theodore M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4242). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6254267
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 16:32:00
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