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Oral history interview with Joseph Fenton

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.345.10 | RG Number: RG-50.005.0010

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Joseph Fenton, born May 6, 1919, describes working in Lódz ghetto; arriving home after work one day to find his immediate family gone; never seeing his two brothers, three sisters, and parents again; witnessing deportations and hearing about the massacres outside the city; the evacuation of the ghetto in 1944; being deported to Auschwitz; working in a coal mine, where many people died; being marched to Czechoslovakia; Czechs helping some of the prisoners escape; being sent to Mauthausen; going through a selection; having to carry huge stones up stairs to build factories; being taken to Ebensee on trucks and working there until he was liberated; meeting a civilian who told them that the Americans were getting closer and that they shouldn't lose hope; speaking to an American in Polish; receiving help from the Americans; Eisenhower and his staff coming and ordering the townspeople to bury the dead instead of burning them; meeting his wife; not wanting to stay in Poland; immigrating to Canada in 1949; how it’s helped him to speak with other survivors; sharing his story with his daughter; taking an American club to Mauthausen in 1977 to show them the camp; and the importance of fighting for a free country.

Interviewee
Joseph Fenton
Date
1983 October 16  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
1 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the University of California, Los Angeles
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