Maurice M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-429) interviewed by Ian Russ and Ora Band
- Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
- Interview Date
- December 3, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Maurice M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-429). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Maurice M., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1922. He recalls his confusion at the arrival of Jews expelled from Germany; German invasion; deportation to a labor camp in November 1939; his mother arranging his escape to Tarnów by bribing a German; living with his brother and sister in Niepołomice; an emotional meeting with his mother outside the ghetto with assistance from a German (he never saw her again); digging mass graves and burying corpses in Wieliczka; transfer to Płaszów; working for a cable factory; joining his brother in the Kraków ghetto with assistance from the factory head; assistance from a non-Jewish janitor of the school he had attended; transfer with his brother to Płaszów; worsening conditions when Amon Goeth became the Kommandant; killings and public hangings; disinterring and burning corpses; and evacuation with the Schindler group in November 1944, which saved his life. Mr. M. discusses the importance to his survival of sustaining relations with his brother; the lack of value of human life in Płaszów; and the trauma of forced separation from his family (he is the sole survivor).