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Harry J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4344) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4344

Videotape testimony of Harry J., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1932, the second youngest of eight siblings. He recounts their relative affluence and orthodoxy; German invasion; ghettoization; hiding in a bunker with his family during round-ups; one brother's deportation to Treblinka; smuggling themselves into the small ghetto; hiding with his younger brother, then with his mother and younger brother; his mother ordering him to join his sisters at HASAG Pelzery, knowing the younger boy could not survive; slave labor in a munitions factory; visiting his sisters; their “release” in January 1945; walking to Herby; separation from his sisters; train transport to Gross-Rosen, Dora, then Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; many prisoners dying; finding food in a nearby village; transfer to Celle displaced persons camp; moving to Gardenlegen, to Zeilsheim to join his four surviving sisters, then to Föhrenwald; emigration to the United States in summer 1949; and two sisters joining him later (the other two went to Israel). Mr. J. discusses his education and seldom sharing his story with his children.

Author/Creator
J., Harry, 1932-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2006
Interview Date
March 16, 2006.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Harry J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4344). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.