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Oral history interview with Yosef Finkelshtein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.313 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0313

Yosef Finkelshtein, born in 1921 in Iași, Romania, discusses being the older of two brothers; his elaborate bar mitzvah; cordial relations with non-Jews; summer vacations in Bukovina; visiting an uncle in Bucharest; antisemitism in the late 1930s; completing lyceum in 1940; teaching Latin; forced labor for the Romanian military; round-up with his family to the police station in 1941; his mother's release; deportation in crowded trains to Tîrgu Frumos; being beaten by a police officer; continuing to Stamora Română; jumping from the train en route to obtain water; sharing it with his brother and father; many deaths, including his father and brother; an official, who had been their landlord, pulling him aside; continuing to Călărași; assistance from local Jews; forced labor clearing trees; their return to Iași in September; the painful reunion with his mother, informing her of the deaths of his father and brother; a non-Jewish schoolmate bringing him bread; various forced labor assignments; and testifying against a neighbor who had pointed out Jews during the round-up. (He shows a drawing he made of himself on the deportation train.)

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Yosef Finkelshtein
interview:  1996 December 05
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:29:15
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