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William N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2263) interviewed by Evelyn Umlas and Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2263

Videotape testimony of William N., who was born in Gänsendorf, Austria in 1916. He recalls moving with his family, at the age two, to Czechoslovakia; antisemitic incidents; joining the socialist group "Red Falcon" in Steyr, and later a Zionist youth group in Vienna; being drafted into the Austrian army in 1937; one month's service in the German army after the Anschluss; persecution of Austrian Jews; Abraham Stern organizing illegal emigration from Austria; traveling from a port near Athens to Palestine via Belgrade and Thessalonikē; joining the Irgun, then the Stern Group; and organizing the Irgun's illegal emigration from France to Palestine after the war. Mr. N. discusses his underground Zionist activities in Palestine; his anger when ordered to join the British army after the outbreak of war; and recent trips to Steyr, Austria.

N., William, 1916-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1990
Interview Date
June 14, 1990.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2263). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.