Get a small glimpse into the unimaginable experiences that shaped Holocaust survivors and witnesses—and shaped our world. Personal accounts drawn from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University.
Episode 4 - Helena 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.
Episode 3 - Annelies Herz
Teenage Annelies Herz saw that fellow Jewish forced laborers were disappearing. So to survive in wartime Germany, she and her twin sister went underground: they secured new identities and never stayed in one place for long.
Episode 2 -- Isaac Zieman
Isaac Zieman was a passionate young Zionist with plans to make a life in Palestine. Instead, the Nazi invasion of Latvia propelled him on a years-long journey that took him across the Soviet Union and Europe and finally to the United States.
Episode 1 -- 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.
Season Two Introduction
Hear excerpts from the second season of “Those Who Were There,” featuring testimonies drawn from the nearly 600 interviews conducted by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in affiliation with the Fortunoff Archive.
Episode 10 — Sam Kassow
In October 1945, Celia Kassow gave birth to her son Sam in a German displaced persons camp. Seventy-five years later, Sam Kassow reflects on his mother’s life and an astonishing journey of discovery to his mother’s hometown in Eastern Europe.
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This podcast is so moving. Listening to their stories transports you back in time and you can do nothing but listen solemnly and intently to the horrific things these poor people were subjected to and how they bravely persevered.
More Important Than Ever
The world has been especially turned upside down the past few years in ways that are hard to comprehend. An important tool for living through such times hope, which is simply the willingness to maintain a vision of a better future.
The very act of making plans for the future is an exercise in hope. We cannot predict the future, but we can study the past.
This series is an incredibly valuable resource, made all the more important as we try and survive the fallout of an international political, economic, and environmental policy structure that has placed profits over people for the better part of a century. The lessons of the Holocaust extend far beyond one country, one point in time. Hitler admired the American system of racial segregation. While the Trump Administration is no Third Reich, the use of racial divisions and othering is comparable to those of the Nazis.
Such an important podcast.
Breaks my heart listening but I am grateful to hear the stories of these survivors. I think everyone should listen.