Joe A. testimony 1983 [video recording]
Date of Recording29 June 1983
Duration1h 59m 6.0s
SynopsisJoe A. was born in Poland in 1921. He describes his family and their experience in Poland before the war. He describes the Jewish community. Joe recalls pervasive antisemitism and Jews from Germany fleeing to Poland. He describes Jews being taken for forced labour and ghettoization. He describes liquidation of the ghetto, mass killings, and burying the dead. Joe recalls forced labour in a munitions factory. He describes a march to Kraków followed by a train transport to Auschwitz. He describes conditions of the camp and harsh treatment from the guards. He recalls transport to a forced labour camp in Vaihingen, which included POWs. Joe describes experiencing Allied bombings and being taken to Stuttgart to clear rubble. He describes liberation by French troops. He recalls being transferred to an American refugee camp and receiving assistance. He describes the process of searching for surviving family members. Joe describes moving to Canada where he had relatives. He discusses his family and sharing his experience with his children. He expresses strong opinions about Poland and the Holocaust.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.