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Abe H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-899) interviewed by Peggy Morton and Pam Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-899

Videotape testimony of Abe H., who was born in Opole Lubelski, Poland in 1925, one of eight children. Mr. H. recounts the family's move to Łódź when he was six; attending school until he began his apprenticeship as a tailor; the extreme poverty; his father's death in 1938; rumors of war; mobilization; German invasion; and restrictions on Jews. He describes ghettoization; extreme food shortages; organization of the ghetto under Ḥayim Rumkowski; his sister opening a tailor shop in which he worked; deportations; transports of German, Czech, and Belgian Jews into the ghetto; deportation of his mother and siblings in 1944; transport with his sister to Auschwitz; transport to Dachau a short time later; slave labor in a sub-camp factory; a death march in April 1945; being saved by a friend; receiving food from a German guard; and liberation by American troops on April 30. Mr. H. tells of living in displaced persons camps; returning to Poland to find his sister; joining a brother in Paris in 1948; emigration to the United States in 1953 to join his sister who had been with him in Auschwitz; and naming his children after murdered relatives.

Author/Creator
H., Abe, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
May 17, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abe H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-899). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.