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Morris R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1342) interviewed by Beth Blanco and Irvin Fishbein,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1342

Videotape testimony of Morris R. who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1922 and grew up in Dąbrowa Górnicza. He recalls traditional family life; attending public school and cheder; Jewish scout activities; German invasion; attempting to reach Warsaw with his older brother; returning home upon learning that the Germans were everywhere; anti-Jewish restrictions; imposition of forced labor on the Jewish community through a Judenrat; his sister's deportation to Grünberg; ghettoization in 1942; and his family's deportation in August. Mr. R. recounts receiving food from a Gestapo chief for repairing his house; transfer to Annaberg, then Grünberg; seeing his sister; receiving extra food which he gave to female prisoners; transfer to Kretschamberg in February 1944; reaching "the end of his rope" due to hard labor and starvation; reassignment which provided more food; learning of the liquidation of Dąbrowa and that two brothers were in Auschwitz; a forced march to Buchenwald in March 1945; seeing piles of corpses, dying people, and cannibalism; a forced march through Weimar to Terezín; and liberation by Soviet troops. He describes travelling in Czechoslovakia seeking family; six months in a displaced persons camp in Salzburg; reunion with his siblings; and emigration to the United States in 1949.

R., Morris, 1922-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
February 26, 1989.
Dąbrowa Górnicza
Częstochowa (Poland)
Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Morris R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1342). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.