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From the Archive

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 13: Ani Ma'amin

A look at the song "Ani Ma'amin," from Songs From Testimonies, including a clip of the survivor Irene S., a performance of the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble, and analysis by Omer Bartov, professor at Brown University Watch

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 12: Badkhen's Song

A look at the "Badkhen's Song," from Songs From Testimonies, including a clip of the survivor Jack M., a performance of the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble, and analysis by songwriter and filmmaker Josh Waletzky Watch

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 11: Treblinka Survival Song

A look at the song "Treblinka Survival Song," from Songs From Testimonies, including a clip of the survivor Irene S., a performance of the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble, and analysis by Samuel D. Kassow, professor at Trinity College. Watch

Podcast

SE02E10: Judith Perlaki

Teenaged Judith Perlaki recalled cheating death twice after being deported from Hungary to Auschwitz. But most of her family wasn’t so fortunate. Listen

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 10: W pociągu jest tłok

A look at the song "W pociągu jest tłok," from Songs From Testimonies, including a clip of the survivor Peretz H., a performance of the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble, and analysis by author Krzysztof Czyżewski. Watch

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 9: Polish Army Songs

Episode 9 features Polish Army Songs, drawn from the testimony of Jack M. (HVT-1555). Jack M. learned these two songs from his fellow soldiers and officers in his regiment. Watch

Podcast

SE02E09: Elias Recanati

When the Germans took control of the Greek city of Salonika, Elias Racanati’s family had one chance to escape—his mother’s family hailed from Spain. But they had to cross German-occupied Europe to get there. Listen

Songs from Testimonies

Episode 8: Płaszów Inmates’ Song

This song is based on a poem drawn from the testimony of Ruth C. (HVT-3793), who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1920. Ruth remembers singing this song in Płaszów concentration camp, but she cannot recall the melody. Watch

Songs from Testimonies

Episode 7: Stepan

Episode 7 features Stepan-blondin. This song is based on a poem drawn from the testimony of Liubov’ K. (HVT-3280). This is a ballad telling the story of the inmates escaping the labor camp to the village (possibly to get food) and their cruel guard Stepan. Liubov’ recites it as a poem in her testimony, with no melody. Watch

Podcast

SE02E08: Malka Baran

Malka Baran expressed her love of children by caring for a toddler hidden in the barracks of a concentration camp and teaching first grade at her DP camp. It was the start of her lifelong commitment to early-childhood education. Listen

Songs from Testimonies

Episode 6: Proschai

A look at the song "Proschai," from Songs From Testimonies, including a clip of the survivor Liubov' K., a performance of the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble, and analysis by Dr. Sarah Garibova, Former Fortunoff Video Archive Hartman Fellow. Watch

Podcast

SE02E07: Leon Pommers

Fleeing Warsaw ahead of the invading Nazis, concert pianist Leon Pommers was propelled into a perilous journey around the world in hopes of reuniting with his sister in America. Listen

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 5: Tuchi Nad Budyschem Vstali

A look at the song "Tuchi Nad Budyschem Vstali," from Songs From Testimonies, including a clip of the survivor Liubov' K., a performance of the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble, and analysis by Dr. Sarah Garibova, Former Fortunoff Video Archive Hartman Fellow. Watch

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 4: In Dem Kleinem Dorf

A look at the song "In Dem Kleinem Dorf," from Songs From Testimonies, including a clip of the survivor Liubov' K., a performance of the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble, and analysis by Dr. Sarah Garibova, Former Fortunoff Video Archive Hartman Fellow. Watch

Podcast

SE02E06: Esther Schwartzman

As Polish Jews fled across the border into Hungary bearing stories of Nazi atrocities, Esther Schwartzman’s family and community didn’t believe that such things could happen to them. Then in early 1944, everything changed. Listen

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 3: Trayb Di Khvalyes

A look at "Trayb Di Khvalyes" from Songs From Testimonies. Listen to a clip of survivor Jack M., a performance by the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble & Sasha Lurje, and commentary by D. Zisl Slepovitch and Eléonore Biezunski, Associate Sound Archivist, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Watch

Podcast

SE02E05: Abram Merczynski

When Abram Merczynski’s brother organized an orchestra in the Lodz ghetto, Abram promised himself that if he survived the war, he’d learn to play the violin. He lived—and kept his promise. Listen

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 2: Kadima

A look at the song "Kadima," from Songs From Testimonies, including a clip of the survivor Itzchak S., a performance of the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble, and analysis by William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History at Harvard, Derek Penslar. Watch

Podcast

SE02E04: Helen Jonas

Deported to the Plaszów concentration camp, Helen Jonas faced almost certain death. Instead, she was chosen by Amon Göth—the camp’s notorious, brutal commandant—to be his servant. Listen

Edited Program

The Last Time I Saw Them

Five Holocaust survivors describe the terror of being separated from their parents in this short documentary that draws on recorded testimonies from the Fortunoff Video Archive, historic images, and family photographs. Watch

Songs From Testimonies

Episode 1: Walc François

A look at the song "Walc François," from Songs From Testimonies, including a clip of the survivor Peretz H., a performance of the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble, and analysis by author Krzysztof Czyżewski. Watch

Podcast

SE02E03: Annelies Herz

Annelies Herz saw that fellow Jewish forced laborers were disappearing. To survive, she and her twin sister went underground. Listen

Edited Program

Frances B. and Sylvia G. excerpt from The Last Time I Saw Them

Frances and Sylvia, sisters born in Velky Berezeny, Czechoslovakia, in 1924 and 1928 respectively were separated from their parents at Auschwitz. Watch

Podcast

SE02E02: Isaac Zieman

Isaac Zieman was a passionate young Zionist with plans to make a life in Palestine. Listen

Edited Program

Fred M. excerpt from The Last Time I Saw Them

Fred, born in Berlin, Germany, in 1927. He was separated from his parents when he was sent to the Netherlands on a Kindertransport. Watch

Edited Program

Anita S. excerpt from The Last Time I Saw Them

Anita, born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1930, was separated from her mother at Auschwitz. Watch

Podcast

SE02E01: Sally Frishberg

High school teacher Sally Frishberg used her childhood experience of being hidden for two years with her family in a Polish farmer’s attic to create one of the first public high school classes on the history of the Holocaust. Listen
         

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