Theodore M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4242) interviewed by Harriet Tarnor Wacks and Zelda Kaplan
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 2002
- Interview Date
- February 27, 2002.
- 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.
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.