Morris R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1342) interviewed by Beth Blanco and Irvin Fishbein,
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.
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
- Interview Date
- February 26, 1989.
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.