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Maurice D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3116) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3116

Videotape testimony of Maurice D., who was born in Nowe Miasto, Poland in 1924. He describes his Orthodox family; German invasion in September 1939; fleeing with his brother to Warsaw; returning to Nowe Miasto; slave labor in the ghetto and in a camp in East Prussia; deportation with his family to Birkenau via Plonsk in November 1942; separation from his parents and sisters upon arrival; transfer with his brother to Auschwitz; working the night shift in the Canada Kommando; transfer with his brother to I.G. Farben in Buna/Monowitz in 1943; the death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; building tunnels in Buchenwald; jumping from a train evacuating Ohrdruf; hiding in a Czech village with assistance from the local people; traveling to Prague via Plzeň after liberation; learning of the Kielce pogrom in Katowice; obtaining permission to go to France from Prague; reunion with his brother in Paris; contacting his uncle in Rhode Island; and emigration to the United States in 1946. Mr. D. recounts marriage; the births of his children and grandchildren; and a recent visit to Nowe Miasto, Auschwitz, and Monowitz with his wife. He discusses relations between different ethnic groups in the camps.

Author/Creator
D., Maurice, 1924-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 7, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maurice D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3116). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.