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Charles M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1656) interviewed by Ada Bloom and Janet Brown

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1656

Videotape testimony of Charles M., who was born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland in 1926. He recalls attending Hebrew and public schools; anti-Semitic incidents; participating in a Bundist children's group; German invasion; ghettoization in October 1939; working in a forced labor camp in 1940, then in a factory near the ghetto; mass shootings, which included his mother and brother; and his father's deportation. Mr. M. recounts deportation in 1942 to Ostrowiec; transport to Birkenau, then Auschwitz, in 1944; the death march to Melk in early 1945; slave labor digging underground bunkers; transfer to Ebensee; liberation by United States troops in early May; traveling to Italy; Zionist training on a farm; moving to the Feldafing displaced persons' camp; being smuggled to Brussels in 1946; living with cousins; working as a tailor; marriage in 1948; and emigration to the United States in 1951. He details conditions in the ghetto and camps and discusses the importance of aggressiveness in obtaining food and optimism to his survival.

Author/Creator
M., Charles, 1926-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1991
Interview Date
March 24, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Charles M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1656). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.