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Maurice M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-429) interviewed by Ian Russ and Ora Band

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-429

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).

Author/Creator
M., Maurice, 1922-
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
December 3, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
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.