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Meir V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1892) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1892

Videotape testimony of Meir V., who was born in Vilna, Poland in 1926. He details his pleasant childhood in a cultured home; Soviet occupation in 1939; German occupation in 1941; anti-Jewish restrictions; his father's essential job which saved their lives; ghettoization; mass killings in Ponary; frequent aktions; smuggling food; participation with his younger sister in organized cultural and educational activities; hiding with his father during the ghetto's liquidation in September 1943; discovery; separation from his family; and deportation. Mr. V. describes escaping from the train; hiding in several places; living in the Keilis factory near Vilna; deportation to Kaiserwald in 1944; slave labor at Dundangen; transport to Stutthof, Buchenwald and Gelsenkirchen; working in a steel factory; receiving food from a German worker; allied bombing which destroyed the factory; transfer to Buchenwald, then Theresienstadt; and liberation by Soviet troops. He recounts reunion with his mother and sister in Łódź; learning his father had been killed; going west with assistance from Briḥah; living in a displaced persons camp near Frankfurt; and emigration to the United States. Mr. V. reflects on his emotional states during particular times; plays recordings of partisan songs; and shows his art work.

Author/Creator
V., Meir, 1926-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
December 10, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Meir V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1892). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale Universtiy Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1072605
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