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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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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    W., Jacob, 1920-
    Published
    Des Moines, Iowa : Des Moines Holocaust Survivors Project, 1985
    Interview Date
    November 15, 1985.
    Locale
    Poland
    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

    Language
    English
    Copies
    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.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1058044
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:27:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt1058044

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