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Israel R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-446) interviewed by Erika Jacoby,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-446

Videotape testimony of Israel R., who was born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland in 1924. Mr. R. recalls his childhood in a predominantly Chrisitian neighborhood; the outbreak of the war; his family's forced relocation to the Łódź ghetto; slave labor under the Germans; the liquidation of much of the Łódź ghetto and the resulting formation of the small ghetto; sneaking food to his parents in hiding; the death of his sister; the Jewish police; and his father's death in a mass shooting. He describes his evacuation in September 1944 to Częstochowa; slave labor in a bullet factory; liberation by the Soviets; walking to Piotrków Trybunalski and his reunion with his mother; meeting his future wife; overt anti-Semitic acts by the local population; moving to Bergen-Belsen; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mr. R. discusses his family; his feelings about telling his story; his recurrent dream of a German guard and his vicious dog; and his religious beliefs and practices and how they were affected by his experiences.

R., Israel, 1924-
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
December 4, 1983.
Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Israel R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-446). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.