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Harry W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-441) interviewed by Ian Russ

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-441

Videotape testimony of Harry W., who was born in Orekhovno, Poland. He recalls growing up in a family of five sisters and three brothers; participating in the Zionist organization, he-Haluts; draft into the Polish army in 1937; discharge in March and recall in July 1939; capture by Germans on September 19; transfer to jail in Kałuszyn; release to a prisoner of war camp on October 25; transfer to Krems and other prisons in Germany; participating in a strike for equal treatment of Jewish prisoners; transfer to Gorlice; deportation to Lublin (Lipowa 7)in January 1941; burying corpses; interrogations and beatings in a Radom prison; deportation to prisons in Germany including Tellingstedt and Hamborn; forced labor in a salt mine; and liberation by British troops on April 12, 1945. Mr. W. speaks of traveling with his friend to Bergen-Belsen; returning home; fleeing to Bergen-Belsen after harassment by Poles; and marriage in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in August 1946.

Author/Creator
W., Harry.
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
June 18, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Harry W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-441). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.