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Roman F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4421) interviewed by Susan Millen and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4421

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.

Author/Creator
F., Roman, 1933-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2009
Interview Date
January 5, 2009.
Language
English
Copies
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.