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Rudof, Joanne Weiner

Works: 96 works in 101 publications in 1 language and 1,554 library holdings
Genres: Personal narratives  Personal narratives‡vJewish  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Music  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: D810 J4 W5714 2000, 940.5318
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Most widely held works by Joanne Weiner Rudof
Witness : voices from the Holocaust by Joshua Greene( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,456 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." --
Eva S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4330) by Eva S.( )

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

Videotape testimony of Eva S., who was born in Czechoslovakia, one of seven children. She recounts her oldest sister's death prior to her birth; being raised by her grandmother when her mother was ill; her mother's death; cordial relations with non-Jews; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; her eldest sister's emigration to the United States; her father's failed efforts to emigrate; harsh treatment from neighbors and former friends; her father's draft into forced labor; each child living with one of her mother's sisters; her father's return; reuniting of the family; German occupation in spring 1944; deportation to Irshava, the Munkács ghetto a week later, then Auschwitz/Birkenau after three weeks; separation from her sisters because she was carrying her baby cousin; a prisoner taking the baby from her, which saved her life; finding her sisters and cousin; vowing to remain together; transfer to Płaszów; having to remove the clothing of non-Jews who were killed in front of them; wanting to die herself; encouragement from her sisters; local prisoners sharing extra food; slave labor; praying with a woman who tracked the Jewish holidays; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau three months later; being tattooed; transfer to Neustadt; her sister Lilly saving other prisoners; a German civilian worker leaving her extra food; refusing his offer to hide her, wanting to stay with her sisters and cousin; a death march; surviving due to the German in charge; carrying one of their sisters when she gave up; arrival at Gross-Rosen, then train transfer to Bergen-Belsen; envying the dead; maintaining her belief in God; liberation by British troops; living in displaced persons camps in Bergen-Belsen and Celle; assistance from UNRRA; antisemitic harassment by Germans; and emigration to the United States in 1948. Ms. S. notes seldom discussing her experiences with non-survivors, including her oldest sister; some women singing and dancing in the camps; and pervasive painful memories. She shows photographs and documents
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
Michael R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1882) by Michael R.( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Michael R., who was born in Felsőcéce, Hungary in 1914 and grew up in Abaújszántó. He recalls a comfortable childhood within a large, extended family; moving to Miskolc in 1930; marriage in 1938; war mobilization; anti-Semitic regulations; his son's birth in 1940; compulsory service in a labor battalion in 1942 (two of his brothers perished); returning to Miskolc; German occupation in 1944; his parents' deportations; ghettoization; avoiding deportation by enlisting, with a brother, in a labor battalion; working under a protective commander in Jósvafó and on the Russian front; retreating through Košice and Aszaló to Balf; encountering another brother; a Hungarian woman who assisted them; the death march to Mauthausen, then Gunskirchen; and liberation by United States troops in May. Mr. R. remembers recuperating in Wels; returning to Budapest, then Miskolc; learning his wife and child had been killed; assisting in the re-establishment of the Jewish community; starting his business; remarriage; and emigration to the United States in 1949. He describes his reluctance to discuss his story with his children and moving his brother's grave to Israel upon learning the cemetery in Miskolc was to be destroyed
David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2741) by David K.( )

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

Videotape testimony of David K., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1924. He describes the rich and cultured Jewish prewar life in Kraków; his happy childhood; German occupation in 1939; his uncle's unsuccessful attempts to help his family emigrate through Brussels to Uruguay; fleeing to Ciężkowice; his deportation to a labor camp in Pustków; his shock at the brutal shooting of a prisoner; forced labor building sewers; observing Jewish holidays; his sickness and hospitalization; returning to Ciężkowice; imprisonment with his father in Tarnów; returning to Ciężkowice; and his deportation to a labor camp in Mielec (he never saw his family again). Mr. K. relates receiving a last letter from his father; slave labor in a Heinkel airplane factory; attending a seder; hearing about Sobibor and not believing it; transfer to Wieliczka, then Flossenbürg; transfer to Hersbruck, then back to Flossenbürg; working as a mechanic in a privileged group; aid from a German foreman; hunger and beatings; evacuation in cattle cars to Schwarzenfeld; a death march; liberaiton by United States troops; transfer to the Weiden displaced persons camp; moving to Weidenau; marriage; Jewish community life in Weidenau; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. K. shows ritual objects which he and his father had buried and his uncle recovered after the war
Gilberte W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4404) by Gilberte W.( )

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

Videotape testimony of Gilberte W., who was born in Paris, France in 1913. She recounts that her mother was a French Catholic and her father a German Jew; visiting her paternal grandparents in Germany when World War I started; her father's draft into the German military; living in several places including Rastatt, Mannheim, then Magdeburg; attending a convent school; living with her paternal grandfather after her grandmother died; attending Friday night services with him and church on Sunday with her mother; moving to Leipzig, then Vienna; marriage to a Jew in 1935; the Anschluss; obtaining documents to emigrate to the United States (her husband could not go); returning to her parents in Leipzig; hiding her husband during Kristallnacht; her father's arrest and incarceration in Buchenwald; his release; obtaining travel documents in Berlin; sailing to the United States from France in 1939; learning her husband was hiding in France and had a girlfriend; divorcing him in 1941; remarriage to his best friend; her mother hiding her father in France during the war; and arranging their emigration to the United States as soon as the war was over. Ms. W. discusses raising her daughter as a Jew and believing in God, but not organized religion. She shows photographs and documents
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
Hannelore H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4406) by Hannelore H.( )

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

Videotape testimony of Hannelore H., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1925. She recounts her father was Lutheran; her mother's baptism as a child (both her parents were Jewish); Jewish children being expelled from her school; not returning a school form on which she had to document her "Aryan" ancestry; her twin brother having to repeat a grade due to anti-Jewish laws; her widowed maternal grandmother living with them; her grandmother's strong sense of German identity (her only son was killed in World War I, and her family had been there for generations); her grandmother's deportation; receiving one letter from her from Theresienstadt (they never saw her again); being taken to Rosenstrasse with her mother; hearing the protesters outside; their release the next day; her father losing his bank director's position; she, her brothers, and her father being sent to different work camps; returning home when Berlin was bombed; arrival of Soviet troops; her father's arrest by the Soviets (they never saw him again); her brothers' return; studying in the United States; marriage to an American; and emigration to the United States. Ms. H. discusses belonging to a church, but recently "accepting her Jewish part," despite antisemitism in 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
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
Ilse K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2258) by Ilse K.( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Ilse K., who was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1925. She tells of her parents' divorce; living in a foster home, then with her mother from age five to ten, followed by a Jewish children's home in Munich; her mother's emigration to the United States in 1939; working in Jewish children's homes in Frankfurt; a non-Jewish friend offering to hide her; refusing since it would place him in danger; and deportation to Estonia in September 1942. Mrs. K. recounts meeting a cousin; living in Tallinn prison where her cousin protected her; transfer to Kivioeli; working for Organisation Todt; her friendship with four women who remained together throughout the war; evacuation to Stutthof, Ochsenzoll, Neuengamme, and Bergen-Belsen, where she witnessed cannibalism; liberation in April 1945; and the arrest of Josef Kramer, camp commander. She describes living in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; joining her mother in Delaware in February 1946; difficulties living together; moving to New York; marriage; her husband's death at age thirty-seven; her son's suicide at age seventeen; and her daughter's sense that Mrs. K.'s experiences impacted their childhood despite her silence. Mrs. K. discusses her continuing relationship with her four concentration camp friends and shows her first letter to her mother after liberation
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

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
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
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 anti-Semitism 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
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
Julien E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2742) by Julien E.( )

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

Videotape testimony of Julien E., who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1933. He describes fleeing with his family via Brussels to Nice after German occupation; round-ups in 1942; their attempt to flee to Switzerland and arrest in Annecy; deportation to Rivesaltes; separation from his parents when he and his brother were taken to a Catholic facility near Toulouse in 1942; living with his mother's cousins in Italian-occupied Nice; the cousins' arrest after Italian capitulation in 1943; briefly hiding with neighbors; living in a children's home in Cannes from 1943 to 1946; and the loving atmosphere there created by Mr. and Mrs. Fort. Mr. E. relates gradually giving up hope that his parents survived; living in an OSE home in Paris; emigration by ship to the United States in 1946; Marc Chagall attending his bar mitzvah in route; difficulties adjusting; and learning in the 1950s that his parents perished in Auschwitz. He details visiting Yad Vashem in 1991 to see the tree honoring the Forts and learning he was one of over five hundred Jewish children hidden in France through an underground network organized by Moussa and Odette Abadi whom he subsequently met
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
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