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Jacob W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-669) interviewed by Jeffrey S. Winter,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-669

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    Videotape testimony of Jacob W., who was born in Wolbrom, Poland in 1920. He recalls antisemitism from 1936 to 1939; friendships with non-Jews; German invasion; expulsion from school; a mass killing in a forest which included his brother; his other brother's death in the Polish army; transport to Auschwitz; and separation from his parents whom he never saw again. He describes transfer after three weeks to Auenrode; cruel treatment of many by a kapo who had been a family friend; a German civilian worker who saved his life; a friend's subterfuge which provided extra time for Mr. W. in the infirmary; transfer to Hirschberg; the death march; transport to Weimar, then Buchenwald; hiding to escape being killed; and lying on a pile of bodies when liberated by American troops. Mr. W. recounts hospitalization near Weimar; returning to Poland; finding only six surviving Jews in his town; returning to Germany; marriage; nightmares; being turned back in Cyprus en route to Palestine in 1946; and emigration to the United States. He describes meeting the kapo from Auenrode and accusing him of having "hundreds on his conscience" and the kapo hanging himself that night.
    W., Jacob, 1920-
    Des Moines, Iowa : Des Moines Holocaust Survivors Project, 1985
    Interview Date
    November 15, 1985.
    Wolbrom (Poland)
    Cite As
    Jacob W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-669). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Winter, Jeffrey S., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (52 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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