David P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-783) interviewed by Michael Moscowitz and Sally Moscowitz
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- November 9, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- David P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-783). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of David P., who was born in Tilsit, Germany (presently Sovetsk, Kaliningradskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, R.S.F.S.R.) in 1912. He describes living in Rīga; friendships with non-Jews; Latvians killing Jews immediately before the arrival of German troops in 1941; ghettoization; forced labor; burial of Jewish documents, including writings of Simon Dubnow; learning of the mass murder of almost all of Rīga's Jews (including his family) at Rumbuli; and the arrival of Austrian, German, and Czech Jews to the ghetto. Mr. P. recalls severely injuring his hand while working on Rosh ha-Shanah; learning of plans to liquidate the ghetto and transfer workers to Kaiserwald; escape to his family's house in Rīga; being hidden by Latvian acquaintances, including a priest; several near discoveries; and liberation by Soviet troops in October 1944. He tells of survivors returning to Rīga; anti-Semitic incidents; his leadership role; marriage in 1946; escape from the Soviet Union; a year in a displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States. Mr. P. discusses the small number of perpetrators who have been punished and the importance of religious faith to his survival and present life.