Roman F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4421) interviewed by Susan Millen and Barbara Hadley Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2009
- Interview Date
- January 5, 2009.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Roman F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4421). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Roman F., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1933, the youngest of three children. He recalls German invasion; ghettoization in 1941; transfer to Płaszów in 1943; slave labor in factories; his brother arranging for him, their parents, and sister to be on Schindler's list; public execution of his brother; transfer with his family to Gross-Rosen, then Brünnlitz; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau with five other children and seven parents, including his father, cousin, and future brother-in-law; separation from his father (he never saw him again); assignment to a cleaning brigade; hiding with his cousin during evacuation; liberation; witnessing anti-Jewish violence by Poles while traveling; encountering his sister and future brother-in-law; traveling to Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; reunion with his mother; joining Betar; his mother taking him off a train for illegal immigration to Israel; attending school; difficulties dealing with his mother's emotional problems resulting from his father's and brother's deaths; attending school; his bar mitzvah, which was painful due to memories of his father; emigration with his mother to the United States with assistance from HIAS; military draft in 1953; attending college; marriage; the births of three children; and working for New York City. Mr. F. notes most of his large extended family were killed in the Holocaust. He shows photographs and documents.