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Rudof, Joanne Weiner

Works: 120 works in 127 publications in 1 language and 1,574 library holdings
Genres: Personal narratives  Personal narratives‡vJewish  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  History  Songs and music 
Roles: Other, Author
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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 1,452 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://
Albert S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4487) by Albert S.( )

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

Videotape testimony of Albert S., who was born in Győr, Hungary in 1930, the youngest of seven children. He recalls attending Jewish school; antisemitic harassment on the streets; moving with his family to Budapest in 1939; his brother's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; four of his siblings emigrating; German occupation in March 1944; anti-Jewish laws, including wearing the star; his father being caught in a round-up (they never saw him again); learning to forge false papers; forging papers for his mother and himself as non-Jews; selling false papers to support themselves; his mother moving to a residence for cleaning women; living in a Red Cross children's home; his brother who had escaped from slave labor becoming the cook there; one sister and her husband returning to Budapest as non-Jews; learning the orphanage was to be moved into the ghetto; joining his mother; Soviet bombardments; liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945; returning to their apartment; moving to Bratislava; obtaining a student visa to the United States; traveling there by himself in 1947; and his mother and brother joining him
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
Adele B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4452) by Adele B.( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Adele B., who was born in Bełchatów, Poland in 1925, the oldest of three sisters. She recalls her large and close extended family; German invasion; working in a factory producing German uniforms, her father thinking it would keep her safe; her deportation with other factory workers to the Łódź ghetto in 1942; deportation to Auschwitz in 1944, then to another camp a few days later; slave labor in a munitions factory; a forced march and train transport to Theresienstadt in April 1945; others helping her because she was one of the youngest; helping a dying friend by giving her sugar to revive her; liberation by Soviet troops; working in the hospital; becoming ill with typhus; a close friend visiting her to say goodbye; insisting on leaving with her friend; traveling to Landsberg displaced persons camp; hospitalization there; meeting her future husband; their wedding in March 1946; her son's birth; her husband's ORT training; emigration to the United States in 1949 to join relatives; and the births of three more children. Ms. B. discusses two trips to Bełchatów with her children and shows 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
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
Herbert F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4481) by Herbert Fensterheim( )

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

Mr. F. recalls transfer in May 1943 to Sosnowiec, then to Auschwitz/Birkenau in November; prisoners killing a cruel kapo in the next bunk his first night; meaningless slave labor; transfer three weeks later to Warsaw; clearing the destroyed ghetto; trading his father's gold tooth and other found “valuables” to Polish civilians for food; a typhus epidemic; he and his father recovering; his assignment bringing corpses to be burned, including those of executed Polish civilians; public hangings; a death march, then train transport to Dachau in August 1944; separation from his father; transfer to Allach; slave labor in a BMW factory; his father's arrival in September; sharing extra food with him; train transport in April 1945; abandonment by the guards; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Antwerp from Strasbourg with his father; learning his mother had been deported and did not survive; joining his uncle in the United States in December 1943; working and completing high school; and marriage in 1952. Mr. F. discusses the importance of being with his father and “unusual circumstances” (he does not believe in luck) to his survival; his focus on obtaining extra food even at risk of life; postwar research to document dates of his experiences; returning to Vienna at Austrian invitation six years ago; and pervasive painful memories
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
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
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
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
Ivar S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1092) by Ivar S.( )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Videotape testimony of Ivar S., who was born in Klaipeda, Lithuania, in 1930. He recalls his sheltered life as an only child in a close family; the city's de facto unification with East Prussia in 1939; his family's departure for Lithuania; and several relocations to small towns. He tells of the Soviet and German occupations; moving to Kovno; ghettoization; a German Jewish member of the Judenrat who hid them from round-ups; training as a machinist in an ORT school; and his bar mitzvah in the ghetto in 1943. He describes the ghetto's liquidation; deportation with his parents to Stutthof; separation from his mother; transport to Dachau; separation from his father and placement in a children's block; transport to Auschwitz; forced farm labor with a group of German political prisoners; transport to Buchenwald; and liberation in April 1945. He reflects on postwar life in an OSE orphanage in southern France; hoping in vain to find his parents; emigrating in 1947 to join relatives in the United States; and his sense of bewilderment and terror after separation from his parents
Harry J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4344) by Harry J.( )

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

Videotape testimony of Harry J., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1932, the second youngest of eight siblings. He recounts their relative affluence and orthodoxy; German invasion; ghettoization; hiding in a bunker with his family during round-ups; one brother's deportation to Treblinka; smuggling themselves into the small ghetto; hiding with his younger brother, then with his mother and younger brother; his mother ordering him to join his sisters at HASAG Pelzery, knowing the younger boy could not survive; slave labor in a munitions factory; visiting his sisters; their “release” in January 1945; walking to Herby; separation from his sisters; train transport to Gross-Rosen, Dora, then Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; many prisoners dying; finding food in a nearby village; transfer to Celle displaced persons camp; moving to Gardenlegen, to Zeilsheim to join his four surviving sisters, then to Föhrenwald; emigration to the United States in summer 1949; and two sisters joining him later (the other two went to Israel). Mr. J. discusses his education and seldom sharing his story with his children
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
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
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
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 Kiviõli; 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
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
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.”
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Witness : voices from the Holocaust
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Weiner Rudof, Joanne.

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