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Rudof, Joanne Weiner

Works: 120 works in 127 publications in 1 language and 1,576 library holdings
Genres: Personal narratives  Personal narratives‡vJewish  Music  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Personal narratives‡vGerman  History 
Roles: Other, Author
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Most widely held works about Joanne Weiner Rudof
Most widely held works by Joanne Weiner Rudof
Witness : voices from the Holocaust( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Weaves a single and compelling narrative from the first-person accounts of twenty-seven witnesses, including Jews, Gentiles, Americans, a member of the Hitler youth, a Jesuit priest, resistance fighters, and child survivors."--Jacket
Remembering Czestochowa, Poland( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Seven survivors from Czestochowa, Poland describe their lives before the war, German invasion, ghettoization, mass killings, deportations, slave labor in German factories established in Czestochowa, liberation by Soviet troops, and their losses. This program was prepared for an exhibit in Czestochowa that was also shown in Krakow and Warsaw."--Http://
Mark A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2608) by Mark A.( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Mark A., who was born in Tarnopol, Poland in 1926. He recalls his family's move to Kraków; learning of Kristallnacht from Jews expelled from Germany; membership in a Zionist organization; his mother's death in 1938; German invasion; an unsuccessful attempt to flee with his father; his escape from Lublin to Kraków with assistance from local farmers; returning to Lublin to look for his father and brother; their deportation to the Bełżyce ghetto in April 1941; working in a quarry; hiding with his father and brother during round-ups; the role of the Judenrat; mass killings during liquidation of the ghetto; deportation with his father and brother to Budzyń; forced labor at a Messerschmitt factory; public executions; an unsuccessful group attempt to bake matzo; deportation with his father and brother to Majdanek in February 1943; the death march to Kraśnik in August 1944; an unsuccessful escape attempt; and transport with his father and brother to Auschwitz/Birkenau. Mr. A. describes separation from his father and brother during evacuation from Blechhammer; waking up in an Allied military hospital; reunion with his father and brother; traveling to Munich; his brother's and father's emigration to Israel; and emigrating to the United States in 1949
George K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2855) by George K.( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of George K., who was born in Katowice, Poland in 1926. He recalls his childhood in an assimilated home in Radomsko; increased antisemitism after 1938; the outbreak of war; fleeing with his parents to Lublin; returning to Radomsko; ghettoization; helping Jews forced into the ghetto from surrounding villages; hiding with his parents during the first action; worsening conditions; his parents' arrest; desperate attempts to escape, including to Warsaw; acquiring false papers; and traveling to Munich as a non-Jewish slave laborer. Dr. K. describes posing as a Polish fighter; obtaining legitimate papers; working on a farm and later with a municipal official in Planegg; relationships with Jewish women and Polish workers; Allied bombings of Munich; liberation by United States troops; reunion with his brother from England; volunteering to serve in the Polish army in Paris; reunion with his other brother in Plymouth; emigration with his brothers to Johannesburg; marriage; and emigration to Montréal, then the United States. He discusses the psychological effects of his experiences; reluctance to share his experiences with his children; and his recent visits to Poland. Dr. K. shows many photographs
Ella A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4332) by Ella A.( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Ella A., who was born in Mukacheve, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1925, one of six children. She recalls being poor, but happy; cordial relations with non-Jews; apprenticing as a seamstress; belonging to Mizrachi; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions, including confiscation of her father's business; one brother's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; German occupation in spring 1944; round-up to the ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from her immediate family; staying with cousins; crying all the time; refusing to eat; a prisoner compelling her to eat; Gisella Perl delivering a baby in her barrack (it was killed by prisoners); transport in open freight cars to Ravensbrück, then three weeks later to Bendorf; slave labor in an underground munitions factory; train transfer in March; liberation from the train by a Count Bernadotte Red Cross group; transfer to Landskrona; quarantine for six weeks; living in Värnamo; learning her father and a brother had survived; emigration to join relatives in the United States; visiting her father and brother in Mukacheve in 1969; their emigration to Israel in 1972; and frequently visiting them. Ms. A. discusses not sharing her experiences for over twenty years; mental and physical illness resulting from the war years; psychological help after her daughter's death; and her sense that she can never be completely happy
Nina S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3260) by Nina S.( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Nina S., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924. She recalls German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; fleeing with her parents to Katowice, then Warsaw, in December 1939; returning to Łódź; her father's work for the Judenrat; attending school; cultural events; working at a factory after school; pervasive filth and starvation (many in her family starved to death); a public hanging; her father's deportation in July 1944 (she never saw him again); deportation in August to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her mother upon arrival (she never saw her again); transfer twelve days later to Bergen-Belsen; women singing Hebrew songs; transfer to a munitions factory at Unterlüss; assistance from a German officer; being carried by another prisoner during a death march in December 1944; liberation by British troops in April 1945; and recuperating in Malmö, Sweden. Mrs. S. describes the kindness of the Swedes; her postwar state of depression; marriage in August 1947; the births of two children; and emigration to the United States in January 1950. She discusses reluctance to share her experiences with her children; constant fear during the war years; and her pervasive memories
An unconventional biography : Anne Frank through the eyes of others by Joanne Weiner Rudof( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ruth A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2678) by Ruth A.( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Ruth A., who was born in Wyszków, Poland in 1926. She recalls her family moving to Warsaw; German occupation in 1939; ghettoization; her father's death from starvation; escaping to Międzyrzec Podlaski with her mother and sister; working for a farmer who hid her Jewish identity; learning her sister and aunt were deported to Treblinka and her mother shot on the way; working on another farm for two months; being identified as a Jew; returning to the Międzyrzec ghetto; following her German friend's advice to volunteer as a Polish slave laborer in order to get to Germany; working on a farm near Augsburg, hiding her Jewish identity; still being afraid of revealing herself as a Jew after liberation by United States troops; and returning to Poland in 1945. Mrs. A. describes moving from Warsaw to Łódź; staying in a Jewish orphanage; revealing her true name for the first time; meeting her future husband; illegally traveling to Germany; marriage in the Leipheim displaced persons camp; moving to Marseille; traveling on an overcrowded ship to Palestine; incarceration in Cyprus; difficulties living in Palestine; her husband's army service in the War of Independence; emigration to the United States; and reunion with her sister. She discusses her belief in God during the Holocaust
Leah S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4399) by Leah S.( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Leah S., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1933, the first of two children. She recounts attending a Jewish school; her family's orthodoxy; cordial relations with non-Jews; her father traveling to Belgium for business; German invasion; her maternal grandparents moving in with them; learning her father had emigrated to the United States; her grandfather's death; Swiss relatives obtaining Paraguayan passports for them; her mother hiding Jews; denunciation; deportation to Westerbork with her mother, brother and grandmother from the Schauberg theater in spring 1943; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in the fall; her mother smuggling extra food for them from her job; endless appels; hunger and cold; learning they were on the list for transfer; her mother refusing to leave without her grandmother (the authorities acceded); receiving Red Cross food packages on the train to Lindele (Biberach); good treatment by the British prisoners who preceded them there; quickly recuperating; her Swiss relatives bringing them to Zurich when the war ended; and emigration to join her father in the United States a year later. Ms. S. discusses national prisoner groups in Bergen-Belsen; songs they sang; not discussing her experiences with her family or others for many years; nightmares resulting from her experiences; recently visiting Belsen with her grandson; and finding their names in camp records. She shows photographs and documents
Ernest K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4368) by Ernest K.( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Ernest K., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1919. He recounts his father had been born in the United States and retained his U.S. citizenship; speaking Esperanto at home; attending an Esperanto conference in Vienna with his younger brother and parents when he was five; speaking German, Hungarian, and Slovak; leaving gymnasium due to increased antisemitism; participating in Maccabi (wrestling and gymnastics); his father's efforts to obtain visas to the U.S.; arrest with his father and brother for defending themselves from an antisemitic mob; learning their U.S. visas were in Budapest; the prison director transferring them to the federal prison, then arranging their release; smuggling themselves to Budapest, with assistance from relatives, via Trnava, Nitra, and Nové Zámky; emigration to the U.S. from Genoa in February 1940, assistance from HIAS; military draft in 1941; serving as a translator in Germany; finding a cousin in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; and working as a translator for the Department of Justice in order to remain in Europe to assist his cousin to emigrate to the United States
Milton G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4401) by Milton G.( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Milton G., who was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1918. He recalls military draft in 1943; training as a medic; landing in France in January 1945; serving in the 65th Division; moving through France and Germany; entering Mauthausen; transporting debilitated prisoners to a hospital in Linz; speaking Yiddish to some of the prisoners; leaving about thirty-six hours later; attending Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur services in Salzburg conducted by former Mauthausen prisoners when the war was over; and returning home in winter 1946. He discusses sharing his experiences with his daughter and recently visiting Mauthausen with his wife
Frank M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1294) by Frank M.( )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Frank M., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1911. He recalls his brother's emigration to France in 1926; antisemitic incidents while playing soccer; marriage in 1936; briefly visiting Algeria in 1936; the birth of twin daughters in April 1939; draft into the Polish army in August; German invasion; discharge in Zamość; escape from a train in Kovelʹ; fleeing to L'viv in the Soviet zone; working in a bakery until 1941; German invasion; hiding with assistance from a Polish woman; using false papers; joining his family in the Warsaw ghetto in December 1941; shock at the prevalent death and starvation; escaping to L'viv, then the Kolomyi︠a︡ ghetto; traveling as a money smuggler between Kolomyi︠a︡ and Warsaw; smuggling his family out of the Warsaw ghetto in 1942; traveling with them to L'viv, then, with assistance from a Polish woman, to Cze̜stochowa; hiding with his family in Olsztyn until 1944, posing as Catholics; liberation by Soviet troops; their return to Łódź; and emigration to Sweden in September 1946, then the United States. Mr. M. discusses the importance of luck to their survival; the many non-Jews who helped; and a priest in Olsztyn who saved eight Jewish families
Max G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4340) by Max G.( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Max G., who was born in Grenchen, Switzerland in 1920 to Polish immigrants. He recalls participating in Hashomer Hatzair; attending the 1939 Zionist Congress in Geneva as a pageboy; completing medical school in 1945; employment as a physician for UNRRA; assignment to a displaced persons camp for Poles; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in May 1946; gaining the trust of the residents who had difficult relations with the British and UNRRA administrators; working closely with the Jewish Committee and its head, Joseph Rosensaft; working with UNRRA and Joint medical staff and the dental technician school; meeting his future wife, a nurse who had been born in Germany and hidden in Belgium; marriage in Basel in 1947; their illegal emigration to Palestine via Marseille in April 1948; serving as a physician in the Arab-Israel War; being wounded; returning to Switzerland; his daughter's birth; emigration to the United States in 1950; military draft; serving two years in Frankfurt (his family accompanied him); and becoming a psychiatrist. Dr. G. details social and political life in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp from the perspective of an “outsider.”
Sydney B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2348) by Sydney B.( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Sydney B., who was born in Connecticut in 1914. He recalls Army induction in October 1943; transfer to England in March 1944; arrival on Omaha Beach on D-Day plus thirty; assignment to the 80th Infantry Division Counter Intelligence Corps; and seeking out Nazi sympathizers and former Nazis in France, then in Ludwigshafen, Weimar, Nuremberg and Kempten. Mr. B. describes a brief visit to Ebensee (on his way to Altausee) shortly after its liberation; shock and disbelief at the prisoners' condition; the crematorium and a room full of bodies; and skepticism when local residents said they did not know about the camp. Mr. B. recounts finding and arresting Ernst Kaltenbrunner; returning to the United States in November 1945; speaking little of his experiences; his heightened sense of Jewish identity resulting from his visit to Ebensee; contacts with an Ebensee survivor; and a former army colleague who has studied Kaltenbrunner extensively. He shows pictures of Ebensee and a copy of a sign he removed from the crematorium and recently donated to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Hersh A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4331) by Hersh A.( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Hersh A., who was born in Cluj, Romania in 1924, the oldest of four children. He recalls his impoverished family, hunger, and hardships; Hungarian occupation; forced labor during the day; German occupation; ghettoization; escaping often; obtaining food from non-Jewish farmers; one family attesting he was their child when Germans came; soldiers prohibiting him from entering the ghetto when deportations were occurring; lifelong sadness that he never said goodbye to his family; transfer to Budapest; liberation; walking to Debrecen; assistance from Soviet soldiers; returning home; beginning to understand the scope of the murder of Jews, including his family; smuggling himself to Germany when no family returned; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; learning one brother had survived; registering in Frankfurt to emigrate to the United States; emigration; and the births of two children. Mr. A. discusses one couple that survived in Cluj; his enduring belief in God out of respect for his father's orthodoxy; continuing health problems and his strong affinity for bread due to his experiences; never discussing his experiences with his children; and his daughter's death at age forty-six, the biggest tragedy of his life
Barbara Z. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4416) by Barbara Z.( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Barbara Z., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1921, an only child. She recalls her father was not Jewish; her parents were both dentists; their divorce when she was twelve; her maternal grandfather living with them; her mother's Danish friend urging her mother to send her to Denmark due to Hitler's ascent to power; arrival in Copenhagen in 1936; attending a Catholic school; her mother's arrival a year later (her grandfather had died); their sham marriages so they could remain; German invasion; non-Jews arranging their transport in a small fishing boat to Sweden (the fisherman was later killed for his activities); living with a cousin in Stockholm, then on their own; being returned to Denmark after the war; and their emigration to the United States in 1946. Ms. Z. notes her mother's sister and her husband were deported and killed; returning to Germany with her children sixteen years ago at the invitation of the German government, and hearing antisemitic remarks there
Rolf F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4444) by Rolf F.( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Rolf F., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1916. He recounts his father was a German industrialist and his mother the daughter of a Jew who had converted in 1908 (she was baptized and raised as a Christian); half siblings from his father's previous two marriages, the first to a non-Jew, the second to his mother's sister (both wives had died); not knowing he was legally Jewish until his expulsion from school in 1933; attending technical school in Mittweida because he was barred from university; draft into a forced labor battalion; returning to school after his release; conscription into the Air Force; release when his lineage was discovered; managing his father's coal mine in a rural area; the Gestapo ordering him to terminate his affair with a non-Jewish woman or be sent to a concentration camp; secret engagement to another woman; providing good treatment to French and Soviet Prisoners of war who worked in the mine; imprisonment in Leipzig for supposedly speaking against the Nazi regime; his fiancée bribing guards to bring him food packages; escaping during a transfer; hiding with his fiancée's friend; returning to the coal mine; hiding until liberation by United States troops; Soviet take-over; marriage; nationalization of the coal mine; escaping with his wife to Berlin; the births of two daughters; emigration to Australia in 1955; and return to Berlin forty-eight years later. Mr. F. discusses the importance of his father's wealth and position and keeping a low profile to his, his mother's and sister's survival; not identifying as a Jew; and his daughter's and grandson's conversion to Judaism
Victoria B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2839) by Victoria B.( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Victoria B., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1927. She recalls a peaceful life in a large, extended Turkish family in Antwerp; German occupation in 1940; fleeing with her family via De Panne to Marseille; her father's return to Antwerp to oversee his business; attending school in Marseille; returning to Antwerp; obtaining protection from the Turkish government to temporarily escape deportation; hiding in a convent in La Hulpe; returning to Antwerp; hiding in a castle in Les Avins-en-Condroz (she was given false papers), then with her English teacher in Antwerp; traveling to Brussels with assistance from a non-Jewish neighbor; living with a non-Jewish family friend, then with a Belgian family, and a baroness; her parents joining her in the baroness's home; and liberation by the United States troops. Dr. B. relates completing medical school in Brussels; marriage in 1954; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States
Alice R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4367) by Alice R.( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Alice R., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia) in 1922. She recalls active participation in Hashomer Hatzair and a Jewish swim club; attending a German language gymnasium; expulsion due to antisemitism; deciding to emigrate to Israel with her youth group; her mother accompanying her and the group to Prague; her mother leaving since the border was to be closed when Slovakia was formed (she never saw her, her father, or younger sister again); traveling through Germany to debark from Marseille; attending an agricultural girls school, working, then attending music school; marriage in 1947; returning to Czechoslovakia to see her surviving relatives; not being able to leave for three years because she had used her old Czech passport which was invalidated by the communist regime; living in Rome; the births of two daughters; and emigrating to the United States in 1960. Ms. R. discusses reunions of the swim club starting twenty years ago
Herbert F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4481) by Herbert Fensterheim( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Herbert F., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1929, an only child. He recalls attending public school; antisemitic harassment; German occupation in March 1938; expulsion from school; observing violence against Jews; traveling with his parents and uncle to Cologne, Aachen, then Breda; being smuggled to Belgium; attending school in Antwerp; German invasion on May 10, 1940; his father's arrest; traveling with his mother and uncle to Toulouse; his uncle's arrest (he escaped and went to the United States); his mother placing him with a Jewish farmer in Fontenilles; his father joining him in July (he had been in Gurs); their visit to his mother in Toulouse in November; her return to Antwerp; moving with the farmer to Pujaudran; his bar mitzvah; arrest in August 1942; deportation to Drancy, then Cosel; all men aged sixteen to fifty being removed from the train; joining them to be with his father; his father's selection to remain and his to return to the train; not obeying; a German advising him to say he was sixteen and rejoin his father; slave labor in Tarnowitz constructing railroads; and a German engineer protecting him from beatings and arduous work
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